Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Classic Toadstools

The October rains are here, which means that mushrooms will start popping up like condominiums. The most conspicuous species in these parts is Amanita muscaria, the Fly Agaric. It is often found within stands of birches at forest edges.

This mushroom also occurred where I grew up in Ontario. There it was yellow or orange (I don't have a picture), and rarely grew larger than the saucer from a tea cup. Here it is usually scarlet, and can be as wide as a dinner plate. I remembered some very differently-coloured individuals from Cicero Sings a month or so ago -- very pale, much more yellow or orange. I've not seen any like those here on the coast.

Anyway, with the rain of last week and more on the way, things should be delightfully fungal here quite soon.

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