Posts Tagged ‘Exidia recisa’

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.

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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).

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

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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.

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I think they both are false turkey tail mushrooms.

Turkey tail mushrooms have pores underneath.

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Puffballs grew in clumps.

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I wasn’t able to identify these tiny mushrooms.

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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.”

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

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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.

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