The Mushroom Patch

Whether or not you are already enthusiastic about these lowly plants, read on. The beauty of mushrooms, their diversity, and their intricate lives are sure to intrigue. Mushrooms form part of the enormous group of organisms called fungi -- organisms defined by their habits of growth and their inability to make their own food. Like mosses and ferns, fungi reproduce by tiny spores rather than flowers and seeds. In many species, such as the amanitas, spores develop only on the underside of the cap. In others they are produced all over the surface or on the inside (puffballs).

Exploring for mushrooms, identifying them, and learning about how they live and grow gives a great deal of pleasure to many people, but others are attracted to mushrooms because they are free and exotic items of food. Be mindful that eating wild mushrooms is extremely risky, and none should be eaten in any amount or in any form unless it has been identified by an expert and declared safe. One danger in eating wild mushrooms is that poisonous species can be confused with edible species. Although the Chanterelle is often considered a "safe" species, it resembles in shape, color and spore a poisonous species which is deadly. While the differences may seem obvious, it is rare to have them both at hand for comparison. It is best not to be the first to sample for texture and flavor.

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Fly Agaric

Old Man of Woods
Bolete

Eastwood Bolete
Bolete

King Bolete
Bolete

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Yellow Bolete
Bolete

Chocolate Lenzite
Polypore

Melzer's Mushroom
Panellus

Pig's Ears
Chanterelle
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Lemon Amanita
Amanita

Blusher Amanita
Amanita

Autumn Amanita
Amanita

Musk Amanita
Amanita

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 Reindeer Moss
Lichen

Earthstars
Lycoperdon

Cauliflower Fungus
Clavariadelphus

 Fetid Stinkhorn
Phallaceae

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Gill-less Chanterelle
Chanterelle

Golden Chanterelle
Chanterelle

Glistening Inky Cap
Coprinus

Puffballs
Lycoperdon

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Pine Mushroom
Tricholoma

Club-foot Clitocybe
Tricholoma

Golden Trumpets
Tricholoma

Chalky Tricholoma
Tricholoma

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Saddle Morel



Red-Top Polypore


Flat-top Mushroom
Agaricus

 Clean Mycena

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 Brown Lactarius

Coral Hydnum

Varnish Mushroom

 Many Color

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 Little Red Cap

Jack-O-Lantern

Silky Mushroom

 Honeycomb Fomes

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 Salmon Russula

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Scaly Lentinus

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Meadow Mushroom

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 Two-color Bolete

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 Parasol Mushroom

Willow Polypore

Sweet Russula

 Ceasar's Amanita

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 Giant Puffball

Shield Lichen

Orange Cordyceps

 Wood Blewit

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  Clathrus Stinkhorn
 

  Confusing Peziza
 

  Artists Fungus
 

 Grisette Mushroom
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Stalked Puffball

Fragrant Clitocybe

Pungent Russula

 Admirable Bolete

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 Indigo Lactarius

Witches'Butter

Yellow Russula

 Phosphorus

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White Lepiota

Cottony Milky Cap
Lactarius


Wolf Lichen

 
Horse Mushroom

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Blue-green Cup Fungus
 


Orange Peel Fungus
       

 

       



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