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fluffberger

Date

June 15, 2011

Description

Young specimen of coral fungus with beautiful pink branches. The color fades to a plain yellowish tan as the fungus matures. It grows on dead wood.

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fluffberger

Date

August 5, 2011

Description

Tooth fungus that is parasitic, usually on maple trees.

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fluffberger

Date

September 25, 2011

Description

Very thin, buff-whitish strands arising from leaf litter in moist hardwood forest.
Also called Fairy Thread Coral.

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fluffberger

Date

August 10, 2011

Description

Chanterelle with smoothed-out or barely visible ridges on the undersurface of the cap.

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fluffberger

Date

October 15, 2011

Description

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.

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fluffberger

Date

October 19, 2011

Description

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.

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Devil's Dipstick Mutinus elegans

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fluffberger

Date

September 11, 2011

Description

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.

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fluffberger

Date

September 6, 2011

Description

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.

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fluffberger

Date

October 11, 2011

Description

Medium to large brackets growing on dead logs. Unlike most bracket fungi, this one has sturdy white gills.

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false chanterelle Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca

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fluffberger

Date

September 3, 2011

Description

Orange or peach-colored mushroom with true gills. It resembles a chanterelle.

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fluffberger

Date

September 25, 2011

Description

Mass of hard, overlapping caps. Also called Sweet Knot, as it can smell good when cut. This is an older specimen.

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Hoof Fungus Fomes fomentarius

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fluffberger

Date

October 8, 2011

Description

Hard, hoof-shaped polypore, growing on wood.

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fluffberger

Date

October 26, 2011

Description

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.

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fluffberger

Date

September 13, 2011

Description

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.

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fluffberger

Date

September 11, 2011

Description

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.

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fluffberger

Date

August 28, 2011

Description

Tiny, gelatinous fungus with no gills or pores. Slick to slimy cap. Usually grows in moss or on well-rotted wood.

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Amethyst Deceiver Laccaria amethystina

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fluffberger

Date

August 26, 2011

Description

Small purple mushroom with matching purple gills and brown stem.

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fluffberger

Date

July 26, 2011

Description

Slime mold that resembles reddish/pink cotton candy. Tiny and beautiful.

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Common Earthball Scleroderma citrinum

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fluffberger

Date

July 24, 2011

Description

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.

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fluffberger

Date

August 22, 2011

Description

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!

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fluffberger

Date

August 5, 2011

Description

Very small pink-capped mushroom with dark, wiry stem.

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Parasol Macrolepiota procera

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fluffberger

Date

August 22, 2011

Description

Tall and stately tan mushroom with brown scales and ring on stem. The ring can crack and fall off.

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fluffberger

Date

August 24, 2011

Description

Pinkish brown scales on white cap, with brown, bowling pin-shaped stem. White gills. Bruises yellow to orange to reddish.

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fluffberger

Date

June 5, 2011

Description

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.

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fluffberger

Date

April 30, 2011

Description

Tough but pliable mushroom, growing on wood, with white, geometric pores.

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fluffberger

Date

May 25, 2011

Description

Large, meaty mushroom with white gills and spore print.
Northamerican species are being renamed, but we'll go with M. platyphylla for now. :-)

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fluffberger

Date

May 22, 2011

Description

Also called Weeping Widow. Used to be called Psathyrella velutina.

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Artist's Bracket Ganoderma applanatum

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fluffberger

Date

May 25, 2011

Description

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.

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fluffberger

Date

May 4, 2011

Description

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.

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