Very thin, buff-whitish strands arising from leaf litter in moist hardwood forest.
Also called Fairy Thread Coral.
Chanterelle with smoothed-out or barely visible ridges on the undersurface of the cap.
Tough, brown capped mushroom which grows on logs. The cap can have a sunken center, and may be incurved or flat. The pores are white and tiny. The stem, unlike other Polyporus, does not turn black.
Finely fuzzy, dark brown crust fungus with a white growing edge that is often effused-reflexed (curved back, or sticking up on the ends). Grows on dead sticks and branches.
Perhaps less objectionably called a stinkhorn, this slender reddish pink stalk is coated with stinky slime which is loaded with spores. Flies love to feed on the slime, thereby dispersing the spores. The fungus emerges from an egg-like sac, which can sometimes still be seen at the base.
Orangish-brown color with white showing through on cap surface. Sharp, pointed, prominent scales on cap. Filmy, white partial veil, and prominent, rough ring dividing the stem. White, free gills.
Medium to large brackets growing on dead logs. Unlike most bracket fungi, this one has sturdy white gills.
Orange or peach-colored mushroom with true gills. It resembles a chanterelle.
Mass of hard, overlapping caps. Also called Sweet Knot, as it can smell good when cut. This is an older specimen.
Hard, hoof-shaped polypore, growing on wood.
Fuzzy-looking orange mat of fibers, out of which may or may not fruit the familiar coprinus-shaped fungi. This photo is only the orange mat phase.
Radially lined, brownish or grayish cap, white stem, no ring. The mushroom emerges from a white volva, which can be seen as a cup or sac at the base of the stem.
Orangish-red cap until it expands, whereupon the color cracks and splits apart to show the white underneath, with a darker area of reddish-brownish in the center of the cap. White ring on the white stem.
Tiny, gelatinous fungus with no gills or pores. Slick to slimy cap. Usually grows in moss or on well-rotted wood.
Small purple mushroom with matching purple gills and brown stem.
Slime mold that resembles reddish/pink cotton candy. Tiny and beautiful.
Tough, brown, scaly ball growing on the ground or on well-rotted wood. The spores mature inside, similar to a puffball, though it is not related.
An entomopathogenic (kills bugs dead) fungus that penetrates the cuticle of an insect. It then grows within the body of the insect, killing it. It continues to grow, erupting from within the insect and sending out spores to continue the process. It's being studied as a biological control for some insect pests.
I'm hoping to get a better photo of this fungus in the future!
Very small pink-capped mushroom with dark, wiry stem.
Tall and stately tan mushroom with brown scales and ring on stem. The ring can crack and fall off.
Pinkish brown scales on white cap, with brown, bowling pin-shaped stem. White gills. Bruises yellow to orange to reddish.
White jelly fungus. Used to be called Exidia alba.
Thin stem, elongated funnel- shaped mushroom, with widely spaced gills. It kind of reminded me of a chanterelle, but it was light yellowish/ brownish, and the whitish gills were genuine, rather than ridged. Some also had a brownish zone on the cap.
Tough but pliable mushroom, growing on wood, with white, geometric pores.
Large, meaty mushroom with white gills and spore print.
Northamerican species are being renamed, but we'll go with M. platyphylla for now. :-)
Also called Weeping Widow. Used to be called Psathyrella velutina.
Woody bracket fungus with a white growing edge and underside. The white remains after the fungus is dry, and can be used to draw pictures upon.
Brown mushroom, with white to pink gills. The spore print is dark pinkish-reddish. The cap is slightly hairy, darker in the center, with a center knob. The stem is lined lengthwise, and tends to split outward when broken. It grows on the ground, at the same time morels are fruiting. Do not eat this mushroom--trust me.
The fungus grows from the body of an insect. The insect is not visible at first, usually buried in moss or rotten wood.