What the heck are these guys? I noticed this ashy stuff underneath a small sappling, then noticed this white stuff on the trunk, then noticed the white stuff was moving. Maybe the ashy stuff was frass?
Not the sharpest, but tiny purple boletes! Purple shades on stem, no staining reaction, bitter taste.
This one was actually catchable.
Leccinum? No stain, oak or beech.
Common parasitic plant that preys on beeches in the eastern US.
So I'm pretty sure this is also Epifagus americana, but why is it so different from the others that are mostly brown? Some of these yellow individuals were flowering, so it doesn't seem like they were immature or anything. They typically had that basal bulb-like structure more exposed as well.
This was an interesting bolete, insofar as it looked quite edible. No stain, generally growing near both oak and beech, so far to tell wha the whost was.
Brown spore print, blue-green ammonia reaction on cap and stem.
Chocolate brown cap, decurrent pores, no stain.
No fertile fronds.