Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mushrooms this Week

We've had a lot of rain lately in the Twin Cities.  Mushrooms have been abundant.  What follows is a photographic tour of some of the mushrooms I've found.  See what you can find.
The first two pictures are of Earthstars.  I'm not sure what species, let alone what genus.  But in between the mosquito bites I had fun finding them on the sandy trails at Bunker Hills Regional Park last weekend.
I'd like to know the identity of the mushroom pictured above, but I only found one, so it didn't seem right to disturb it in order to satisfy my curiosity.

Maybe a species of Mycena (above).  Very attractive.
Maybe another species of Mycena.  Both fit the general description of the genus and had white spore prints.

I thought the mushrooms in the next two pictures would be fairly easy to identify.  Orange caps, yellow gills, dark brown stalks, white spore print and growth on wood.  But I couldn't quite find a match.  Except for Flammulina velutipes, the Velvet Foot or Winter Mushroom.  On paper it's a decent match, but they just don't look right for F. velutipes, and it's the wrong time of the year.
Pictured above, a confirmed LBM.
Pictured above is Ductifera pululahuana (I didn't make that up, and don't ask me how to pronounce it).  It's everywhere at Westwood Hills Nature Center in the summer after rainy spells.  It never seems to be in mushroom field guides, but it's common at Westwood.  It's so common, I think it deserves a common name.  There's a similar looking, but yellow fungus, called Witches' Butter (Tremella mesenterica) featured in most field guides, but seemingly absent from Westwood.  Based on the resemblance of the two, I'd like to give it the common name, Witches' Margarine (for health conscious witches).
I think this is Clavicorona pyxidata, the the Crown-tipped Coral, but I have yet to make a thorough investigation, even though it is abundant at Westwood after rain in the summer. 
Probably a Psathyrella spp.  For certain a LBM.
Small, but distinctive with the green dot in the middle of the cap.  The picture does not do it justice.  Maybe it's a mushroom that's not fully developed.  Hopefully I'll have time to visit it again.
Agrocybe spp.  Not overly abundant, but throughout my neighborhood in grass and wood chips this week.

Orange Mycena, Mycena leaiana.  Everywhere at Wolsfeld Woods last weekend, but tough to photograph in the dim light created by the overcast skies and thick forest canopy.
And finally, a Coprinus spp, but which one. . .

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