The Amanita Muscaria Mushroom is very abundant in Pacific Northwest and can be seen almost everywhere in the fall. The Amanita Muscaria Mushroom is a brightly colored mushroom that’s familiar to everyone from the illustrations found in fairy storybooks. Amanita Muscaria is commonly found in autumn in alder woods or under pines. Read More….
Birds Nest Fungi
Birds Nest Fungi are a small group of saprophytic fungi that have a unique way of reproducing. As their common name suggests they look like small bird’s nests complete with eggs. In fact, the nest is a splash cup which is light to dark brown, green or white on the outside and white, grey or brown on the inside, depending on the species. Read More….
Black Urn Fungi
Black Urn Fungi is found at higher elevations in the Pacific Northwest. It is native to western North America and Asia. It is a non-edible mushroom species but not fatal if eaten. The black urn fungus was first described in 1928 as a unique fungi growing on conifer wood debris. It begins development under snow and reaches maturity as the snow melts. Read More….
Bleeding Tooth Mushroom
The Bleeding Tooth Mushroom can be found in the Pacific Northwest, it resides mostly in coniferous forests. The Bleeding Tooth can also be found in Europe and a few other areas in the far east. When you first see the bleeding tooth, you will be amazed at the red color, looks so much like blood, but look more closely and it becomes obvious that the fungus is producing the red fluids through its own small pores. Read More….
Bluing Psilocybe Mushroom
The Bluing Psilocybe Mushroom grows all over the Pacific Northwest. The cap is wide and slightly convex but as the mushroom matures, the cap becomes nearly flat with a wavy edge. The cap is also sticky, moist and smooth with a dark chestnut brown color fading to an almost tan color. The cap, along with the stem bruise blue when touched. The bluing is very intense and sudden. Read More….
Carbon Antler Fungi
The Carbon Antler Fungi is a commonly seen fungus in the Pacific Northwest. This slender, erect, gray to black fungi often branches near its tips but can also be just a wavy stub like a semi-melted candlestick, hence its common name, candle snuff fungus. While you can’t eat this fibrous fungus, you can still enjoy its unusual form that reminds some of an extinguished candle. Read More….
The Collared Earthstar Mushroom that is found in the Pacific Northwest are most often found in coniferous forests, but sometimes you will see them in maple and alder groves. If you cut through a young fruit body, you will see that the interior is white, but it gradually turns into a dark brown powdery mass as the spores mature. Spores are emitted from the apical hole as the wind blows across it, much larger puffs of spores escape when raindrops hit and compress the spore sac. Read More….
Crystal Brain Fungus
Crystal Brain Fungus, (myxarium nucleatum) is a translucent, white, jelly fungus that grows on hardwoods but can sometimes be found in large blobs on the ground that take on a brain-like appearance. The fruiting bodies are white and gelatinous. It is a common fungi, typically growing as irregular masses on decaying deciduous wood. It can occur in extensive patches though, like the one in the photo. When they get big, they take on the brain-like shape. Read More….
Green Stain Fungus
Green Stain Fungi is one of my favorite fungi s of the Chlorociboria spp. You are much more likely to see the mycelium than the fruiting bodies though. Green Stained Fungi is also known as Blue Stain Fungus, Turquoise Elfcup, Green cup fungi or a variation of these names. Some people will see a blue color while others see it as green. Read More….
Hooded False Morel
The Hooded False Morel Mushroom is poisonous. It is very poisonous. This fungi grows solitary or in small groups among the conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest. It can be found in most parts of North America. Its season is from November to April and is a winter mushroom that can grow under the snow. This mushroom is so poisonous that even the fumes from cooking it can kill you, please just look at this guy, then leave it alone. Read More….
Lawn Mower Mushroom
The lawn mower mushroom is one of the most common and widely distributed lawn mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest and it often grows in large numbers. This mushroom is mildly poisonous and should not be eaten by children or adults and try to keep your pets from eating them as they can have a serious effect on cats livers and kidneys and can make dogs ill. Many dogs have not survived after eating these mushrooms. They will eat them by accident when they are eating grass. Read More….
Lepiota Arminea Mushroom
The numerous lepiota species are even more difficult than the amanita species to identify. To know whether they are poisonous or not and if poisonous, whether amanitin has been detected. Even mycologists have trouble with these mushrooms. Most lepiota have an unpleasant rubber-like smell, with a sweet component. However, most of the toxic ones often have a seductively sweetish smell. Read More….
Mycena Filopes Mushroom
The Mycena Filopes Mushroom can be found growing in all parts of the Pacific Northwest, as well as in most parts of North America, look for it on the forest floor growing among the leaf matter. This mushroom has an abnormally long stem along with a hoary whitish gray to tan colored cap and an odor of iodine. Read More….
Phaeolus Schweinitzii Mushroom
Walking in the Salmon River Estuary on Vancouver Island, l noticed a more than average amount of Phaeolus Schweinitzii Mushrooms. These are your classic butt rot fungus, they attack trees through their roots. This fungus causes the roots, butt and about the first 3 to 6 meters of the heartwood to decay. This weakens the root system severely and quite often will cause the tree to blow over during the winter storms. Trees that stay standing are downgraded to less valuable lumber when logged. Read More….
Red Belted Polypore
Probably our most commonly encountered species, the Red Belted Polypore, can be found growing on most species of western conifers. In North America, they attack not just softwood forests but will be found in most hardwood forests as well, they grow on over 100 different types of dead trees. it will also occasionally attack living trees. The red belted polypore plays a big role in the recycling of forest’s dead and dying trees and returns the woody fiber back to enrich the soil. Read More….
Witches Hat Mushroom
The Witches Hat Mushroom is commonly known as the witches cap, they are also called blackening waxcap mushrooms, this is one of several species whose caps turn black with age. The witches cap can be seen in lines along roadsides where the grass is well shaded, moist and mossy. This mushroom is quite beautiful when seen in bright sunshine, these conical waxcap fungi can look just as good in wet weather, as they stand out brightly against the green background of their grassy habitats. Read More….