September 29, 2011

Mushrooms Galore!

Lactarius indigo in damp mixed oak/pine woods, 9/22/11
Armillaria mellea on oak roots, 9/15/11
Mushrooms have been popping up all over Concord, creating magical scenes wherever they mysteriously appear.  There's been such a buzz about the prevalence of mushrooms this year that NPR's Ira Flatow decided to do a fungi feature on his Science Friday this month.  Regular intervals of precipitation and warmth throughout this summer and fall, along with the occasional hurricane deluge, likely account for this year's magnificent displays.  And perhaps, this year's fruiting bodies are making up for time lost during last year's extreme drought when relatively few mushrooms appeared.

Here are a few of the fungi that have caught my attention along the trails around Concord's East Quarter and the Estabrook Woods.  Far from expert in this area, I've made my best guess at many identifications.  Experienced readers, please use the comment window to advise or correct me!

In a shady niche of old pine log, 9/15/11
Macrolepiota procera (?), hiding in ferns, 9/13/11

The inconspicuous:

Old Man of the Woods (Strobilomyces floccopus), 9/17/11

Horn of Plenty (Craterellus cornucopioides), 9/20/11
Trametes body suits:

Trametes sp. on dying birch, 9/20/11
Turkey-tail (Trametes versicolor) on hardwood roots 9/13/11

Big and Small:
Soccer-ball sized Giant Puffballs (Calvatia gigantea), 8/20/11
Thousands of Marasmius capillaris dot the leaf litter, 9/29/11
The mushrooms are even eating other mushrooms:
Asterophora lycoperdoides eating decayed Russula brevipes (my educated guess), 9/13/11
To learn more about mushrooms and identify your discoveries, visit these sites:
The Mushroom Expert, Roger's Mushrooms, and Tom Volk's Fungi.


  1. I love your mushrooms! You've got some great photos (especially the Coral Mushroom on your header).

    I must have 20+ different types on my blog and you have another dozen I haven't seen.

    Those are great links. I've added them to my bookmarks.

  2. Thanks, Larry. It's been an amazing fall for fungi. Every day's had something new...for weeks!