Posts Tagged ‘mushroom’

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.

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A Mushroom

Our hot dry summer didn’t produce any mushrooms in our yard. Imagine my surprise when I saw this one from a distance …

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 Only is wasn’t a mushroom. It was a small acorn.

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The cap measured about half-inch in diameter.

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What is really interesting — is that there’s no oaks growing anywhere near it. There are several tall trees in the vicinity:  an elm, a few maples, a cottonwood and two sweet gums.

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So how did a “mushroom” appear in the yard, in an area with no oaks?

Maybe it was a present from the tree faeries.

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 Fungus and a Lichen

Before I get started on this blog, I want to say that I’m a highly visual person. I find photography quite frustrating! For some reason I just don’t understand or retain most of the information.

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I was working in the yard this morning and took this picture of the mushroom and lichen with my Canon PowerShot. The sun hadn’t come around yet to hit the subjects.

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I took this picture on January 9th and didn’t get around to starting the blog until this morning (14th). Obviously, this picture was taken in the sunlight. The colors in this and the above picture differ so much. I don’t use the automatic setting, because the pictures come out too light.

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So, I took another picture after the hazy sunlight moved over to this side of the branch. All three of these pictures were cropped.

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This shows the pores on the underneath side of the mushroom.

 I’ve had no luck identifying these mushrooms.

The lichen is a blister lichen (Physcia stellaris).

Puffball Mushroom

A photo essay of an 8-inch puffball mushroom in our backyard.

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I do wonder what caused its shape.

Witches’ Butter

One reason I like mushrooms is their descriptive names,

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like this Witches’ butter (Tremella mensenterica).

This small jelly-like fungus grew on a stick that fell out of the dead pear tree in our yard.