Pig's Ears Mushroom
Gomphus clavatus
Chanterelle (Cantharellaceae) Mushroom Family

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The individual parts of Pig's Ears is fairly small, 1-4 inches wide. The height usually depends on where the plant is emerging; at a tree trunk or on a compost pile. The cups are shallow, unevenly shaped and split along the margins; usually turned upward to expose the white or pale purple gills. The color is usually dull brown with a purple tinge, or may be entirely tinged with purple (classic).  The entire plant turns black and gelatinous with age.  Preferred habitat is in tended flower plots, especially at the trunk of small shrubs.  The flesh is brittle, and the cap skin is often slimy.

 


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