Friday, September 19, 2014

Mushrooms of mid-September

Hen of the woods


A massive Burr Oak on west Needmore Hwy in Eaton County, Michigan.  The trunk is probably about 5' in diameter.  Three hen-of-the-woods mushrooms.  One nestled between buttresses in center of trunk.  Two immediately to the left of the trunk

A close up of one mushroom.

Close up of another.  All three mushrooms are about head sized.
 No, I did not harvest them.   They were not on my property and I did not have permission.

Unidentified mushroom

Found growing beneath European Oak, Black Locust and Norway Spruce.  Canopy had been thinned out by approximately 30% the winter before.  Trees removed were Norway Spruce and NM-6 hybrid poplar.
A rich chestnut color.  This mushroom was one of a cluster of about eight that were growing so closely together that they were bumping together.
Edges are wavy.  I apologize for the color distortion.  Depression in center.
Attached gills.
Heavy stem.

Small "pimples" scattered on top near the center.  Typical "pimple" seen above and sightly to the left-of-center of the crater in the top of the mushroom.

Rust or nutmeg colored spoor print

This keyed out as Gymnopilus junonius "Spectacular Rustgill".

What are the odds that the two large mushrooms I find growing on my property (besides puffballs) are hallucinogenic?  

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