Monday, October 8, 2007

Fungal finds after the latest storm.

Potato-sized and wonderfully-named Pigskin Poison Puffball, Scleroderma citrinum. Obviously not one of the edible puffballs, and not much of a "puffer" in my experience. Poke it -- it falls apart and turns purple like an insecure supervisor.

Candle-snuff fungus, Xylaria ( X. hypoxylon, I think). These are small, twisty, white-tipped black thingies growing from the roots of a dead birch. Each is about an inch high. Smoke-like wisps of spores waft from the tips if you brush them.

One of the Boletaceae, I'm guessing Pale Roughstem, Leccinum holopus. Edible, speaking species-wise? Probably, but not these particular mushrooms-- they're growing in a nature reserve, which means poisoned karma if you pick one.

Amanita muscaria marching through the grass. Just try not to photograph them. You cannot not. Resistance is futile.


Wanderin' Weeta said...

Hey! Your cat is gone. I miss him.

I think I've seen those candle-snuff fungus, or something very like them, in the Watershed Park. I'll be looking out for them next time, and try for a photo.

A Local Naturalist said...

For you, Fluffy has returned. Thank you for noticing.

The candle-snuffs are exclusively on dead wood I believe, so look for them on stumps and the exposed roots of dead trees.


Wanderin' Weeta said...

Thanks for the tip, Hugh.

And, Hi, Fluffy!