Mushroom of the Month (MOM)

Learn a new mushroom or just refresh your memory! The M.O.M. page is a good source for background intel on mushrooms you may encounter in your wanderings.

Past Mushrooms of the Month

Honeys - Armillaria mellea (by Mark Benson)

Mushroom of the Month: January, 2016

(Reposted from posting on google groups with photos courtesy of Hugh Smith)

How about all this rain! 

Those were a beautiful display of Honey Mushrooms, Hugh!  Tight and turgid and just the right time to harvest.

Seeing them prompted me to write a few lines about Honeys not from any formal knowledge...but from my work experience and from 'experts' with whom I consulted for my clients in my work with trees.  I hope it is helpful to some of you.  I am not a scientist...just an observer.

Coccoras (by Katherine Elvin)

Mushroom of the Month: December, 2015

Amanita Calyptroderma Coccoras are one of my favorite mushrooms to see and collect.   The distinctive colors, thick cottony cap and striation on the cap edge makes this amanita a little easier to id.   If I am unsure at any point, it stays in the ground and I take away the memory, image and sometimes a photo.

Debbie Viess has a very informative link here on BAMMS web site which tells more about this species.

You can go here for Mushroom Observer.
     Amanita Calyptroderma - Fall Coccora - tan to light brown
     Aminita vernicoccora - Spring Coccora - light yellow

Marasmius plicatulus (by Christian Schwarz)

Mushroom of the Month: October, 2015

Marasmius Plicatilis Pictorial We’ve probably all run across Marasmius plicatulus during our walks in the woods; the tall, brightly-colored fruitbodies occur in many kinds of habitats every year, often in large troops. And what an excellent little mushroom to be so familiar. This species has a lot of features setting it apart from the rest of it’s marasmioid brethren: electric-sunset stipe coloration, oddly wiry-stipes (often tipped in pom-poms of creamy-white mycelium), and finely velvety caps often covered in beaded-up water droplets.

Prince (Agaricus augustus) (by Sue Labiste/Katherine Elvin)

Mushroom of the Month: June, 2015

As a member of FFSC, I have been trying to find my "prince" in the woods.   I have heard rumors that they have been around in the fall/spring at Marshall fields, but for me, I am still waiting.

My friend Sue Labiste found some right outside her home in the Santa Cruz mountains.   Here is what she shared.  Hopefully my luck will change.

Meet Amanita pruittii: Arora’s Amanita, Anonymous No More! (by Debbie Viess)

Mushroom of the Month: April, 2015


A. pruittii photographed by Taylor Lockwood-Mushroomobserver-creative commons

Those of us who are passionate about all aspects of wild mushrooms are a breed apart.  As mycophilic outliers to the societal norm, what better focus for our discerning attention than a mycological oddity like the newly named Amanita pruittii? This mushroom is unimposing, squat and warted, sometimes grows in standing water, and most curiously, is not found with a mycorrhizal partner!

What kind of strange Amanita is this??!