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

Inky Caps (by )

Mushroom of the Month: January, 2020

Basic Inky Cap ID for California

Out of the millions of different kinds of fungi out there, I think that Inky Caps are the coolest by far. They are called Inky Caps because they dissolve into black ink when they get old. They are also often misidentified, so I put together a list of the common Inky Caps and their differences. In general, there are four kinds of inky caps...

Mycophagy Challenge: Ten Edibles to find this Year (by Douglas Smith)

Mushroom of the Month: November, 2019

Editor’s note: This list pays homage to Douglas’ top ten favorites and serves as inspiration for collecting in the coming season.  It was published in the "Duff", our FFSC newsletter in October of 2008 and has been brought back for old time members to enjoy again and for our new members who may just now be exploring the world of edible mushrooms.  It is not a field guide...

Hardwood Sulfer Shelf, Laetiporus gilbertonsii (by )

Mushroom of the Month: November, 2018

Addendum:It has been almost a year since I wrote this Mushroom of the Month article, and it is again that time of the year when we will be finding this mushroom on old trees, stumps, and logs when everything else seems dry.  When the rains do arrive, hopefully we will also have a new mushroom of the month article.


While we wait patiently for the fall rains to arrive, there are still some interesting sporocarps lurking in our local outdoor spaces...

Galerina autumnalis, aka “The Deadly Galerina” (by Douglas Smith)

Mushroom of the Month: August, 2016

G.autumnalis.MO_DouglasSmith.jpg This month we take a look at a little brown job, that is dear to my heart but probably not to most of yours. Galerina autumnalis is a small brown job, growing on well rotten logs and stumps during wet months. And as a small brown job, why do people care at all here, since for most people those are the mushrooms you do best to ignore? This species has been shown to contain the same toxins as that of Amanita phalloides, a.k.a. “the Death Cap”. That species has been associated with the most cases of deadly poisonings around the world. But in the case of G. autumnalis since it is a LBJ (little brown job), it is rarely the case of mushroom poisonings, since who wants to eat LBJs anyway? But it comes up positive in tests for amanita-toxins, and in lists of poisonous mushrooms it always makes the cut. And people are always fascinated with deadly things, now, aren't they?