Collection of Fungi

The Grandmother Tree

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This maple was my favorite tree friend. The tree had been dead a long time and went down during a strong summer storm in 2002.

Buffy and I went for a hike to walk off the holiday overeating. We walked down to the creek on my rural property, which included walking by the Grandmother Tree.


The tree didn’t exactly look dead with all the moss, lichens and mushrooms growing on it. Recent rains rehydrated the brown jelly fungi (Exidia recisa).


Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) grew in clumps on the slowly decaying tree.


I didn’t think to check the underside for pores of this and the the mushroom below. False turkey tail mushrooms (Trametes versicolor) are smooth underneath.


I think they both are false turkey tail mushrooms.

Turkey tail mushrooms have pores underneath.


Puffballs grew in clumps.


I wasn’t able to identify these tiny mushrooms.


I have no idea what this is. “Black crust” came to mind. It does describe it, but it doesn’t resemble what I found when searching online for possible “black crust.”


Small globules of witches’ butter (Temella mesenterica) grew in one area along the side of the tree.


Names aren’t always needed for my enjoyment. I often (like now) find it quite frustrating to search for and not find names.

Besides, none of the above know what they are either.

12 responses to this post.

  1. A nice collection!


  2. Posted by Tree Lover Therese on January 11, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Gorgeous photos! Grandmother still gives to all of us.


  3. So much life found on a dead tree.


  4. It’s amazing what can be found on a single log. I think the yellowish bracket fungi might be one of the Stereum fungi, possibly Stereum hirsutum. I’m not sure about the black crust. I’ve never seen anything like it. Great finds!


  5. This series is really a wonderful commentary on the cycle of life~!


  6. Amazing collections! And really nice photos of them all.


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