Archive for the ‘Mushrooms’ Category

A No-Name Mushroom

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These mushrooms grew at the base of a sweet gum tree in our backyard.

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I found them on November 24th last year

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and was excited over their appearance.

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 Rains kept me from taking more pictures until November 30. The largest one measured 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

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Mushrooms are beginning to frustrate me. I find ones I like and then can’t find them in any of my six mushroom books.

Oh well. I can still enjoy them anyway.

No Name Mushrooms

Buffy and I went for a morning walk through the woods at Stone Face.  The late October day was cloudy. No water ran in the creek. No flowers bloomed.

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These mushrooms practically lined part of a fallen dead tree.

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White shelf mushrooms also grew on the same log.

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I thought this configuration had an artistic appearance.

One of these shelf mushrooms had gills on the underside, and the other had pores.  I didn’t find either of these in any of  my six mushroom books.

It didn’t matter to me. I enjoyed them anyway. Besides, they don’t know what they are either.

I come from an artistic family and look at things from an artistic standpoint.

Teeny Mushroom

The word teeny came to mind when I found this mushroom.

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It stood approximately 1 1/4 inch tall.

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The word delicate also came to mind.

The only word that didn’t come to mind was a name for this mushroom, even after checking all of my mushroom books.

Finally!

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After months and months of this picture popping up on my screensaver, I finally found the picture in my computer.

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I hadn’t been able to identify them either. Then I found their picture in a small book “Mushrooms and Other Fungi of Land Between the Lakes”

Microstoma flocossa.

They grow on partially buried  sticks and twigs of oak trees. The small cups (to .8 centimeters) produce the spores.

Common Split Gill

 The weather has finally moderated and I actually worked in the backyard this afternoon.

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This odd mushroom easily caught my attention and was easy to identify:

Common  Split Gill

Schizophyllum Commune

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It has no stalk, the cap measures 9 to 30mm wide, and it  grows on decaying wood. Apparently it’s whitish-gray when it’s dry and a brownish gray when moist.

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Its range includes Maine, south to Tennessee and west to north Dakota.

I don’t remember seeing one before, and will definitely keep an eye out for this small delicate mushroom from now on.

A Mystery Mushroom

 I just had to go on a hike and ended up returning to the site of the the mystery mushrooms I found the end of January and recently blogged.

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The picture shows that these are shelf mushrooms and that they do curl upward as they age.

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These few had just started curling.

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They were scattered along a log approximately 9-10 feet long.

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The top surfaces looked slightly velvety.

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I plan to study the few mushroom books, hoping to identify them this time.

No luck.

Photographic Challenge

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Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) grew in clusters along the side of a fallen, long-dead tree.

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For a picture of their gills, I held the camera upside down, focused and snapped the picture.

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It was fun and had surprising results.