Thursday, July 17, 2014

One hour, 15 mushrooms

Yesterday when we were walking I challenged myself to take pictures of as many species of mushroom as I could. I didn't gather enough information to carefully ID most of them; I just enjoy the diversity of the world of fungi. So many colors, so many shapes and textures. How many different kinds can you find in an hour? It's fun to look even if you don't know what they're called.

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Some kind of russula. I love the colors in this group: green, red, sometimes even purple.


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Chanterelles! We found a new patch.

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This one had a lot of white stuff coming off of it. I think it might be Leucocoprinus cepaestipes.

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Pink cap and skirt...could be a blusher -- Amanita rubescens?

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There's a group of mushrooms called waxcaps (genus Hygrocybe) that get sticky-slimy on top when they're wet. This is one of those.

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This rubbery mushroom releases a cloud of spores from its top surface a few seconds after you push on it. Galiella rufa - hairy/rufous rubber cup.

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Violet toothed polypore (Trichaptum biforme)- I couldn't get a good shot from below, but the underside is purple like the edges seen here.

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Some kind of bolete, which is the group of stalked mushrooms that have pores on the bottom of their caps instead of gills. Probably one of the scaberstalks, named for that rough surface on the stalk.

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Another bolete, this one with red cap and red underside. I don't see a good match in any of my books.


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This mushroom exudes white latex when you break it -- some kind of Lactarius.


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This tiny mushroom had a cap that was nearly transluscent.

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These were even tinier.

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And this was one of the biggest.

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LBM (little brown mushroom)

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More LBMs...

Want to really find a lot of mushrooms in an hour, and have someone tell you what they all are? Go out on a foray with the Mycological Association of Washington. There are mushrooms almost all year round, but late summer is a great time for colorful boletes.