Sightings – Fungi

Observer: Kurt Buermann

Observation Date: 7/14/13

Observation Time: 11:00 a.m.

Observation Location: backyard

Common Name: Bondarzewia

Scientific Name: Bondarzewia berkeleyi

Comments: This was growing on an old oak stump. Very large, 2 ft long clusters. It grew very quickly, over a day or so. This is not chicken-of-the-woods, but is edible if gathered when very young.

More Information: MushroomExpert.com

Bondarzewia

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 12/4/09

Observation Time: 3:30 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road opposite soccer fields

Common Name: British Soldier Lichen

Scientific Name: Cladonia cristatella

More Information: Backyard Nature: Lichen

British Soldier Lichen

Compare the British soldier lichen to the pink earth lichen below. These photos were taken at about the same time, and in the same area.

British Soldier Lichen

 

Observer: Kurt Buermann

Observation Date: 7/30/2017

Observation Location: Rattlesnake Hill, Sharon

Common Name: Cinnabar Chantrelle

Scientific Name: Cantharellus cibarius

Comments: Sought after edible mushroom with slight peppery taste. Slight apricot aroma.

More Information: The Mushroom Forager

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/30/10

Observation Time: 6:10 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Fly Agaric mushroom

Scientific Name: Amanita muscaria

Comments: Mushrooms of the genus Amanita account for most mushroom-related deaths. See: http://www.a1b2c3.com/drugs/var012.htm

Fly Agaric Mushroom

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/9/12

Observation Time: 2:50 p.m.

Observation Location: Sandy Ridge Circle

Common Name: Pigskin Poison Puffball

Scientific Name: Scleroderma citrinum

Comments: Also known as “common earthball,” this yellow-white spherical fungus has no stem. It eventually bursts open to release spores.

More Information: Common Earthball

Pigskin Poison Puffball

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/9/12

Observation Time: 3:10 p.m.

Observation Location: Sandy Ridge Circle

Common Name: Russula mushroom

Scientific Name: Russula spp.

Comments: I don’t know which species of Russula this specimen happens to be.

More Information: Wikipedia

Russula Mushroom

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/22/13

Observation Time: 2:20 p.m.

Observation Location: King Phillip’s Rock area

Common Name: Sulphur Shelf Mushroom

Scientific Name: Laetiporus sulphureus

Comments: Sulphur shelf mushrooms are reportedly edible, but never eat a mushroom you find in the woods unless you are absolutely sure it is not poisonous. More pictures of sulphur shelf mushrooms can be seen at: http://hicksroad.com/html/stumpfun.htm.

More Information: Wikipedia

Sulphur Shelf Mushroom

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/30/10

Observation Time: 4:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Violet toothed polypore

Scientific Name: Trichaptum biforme

Comments: Tree fungus growing on a dead tree. The specimens in this photo are past their prime. Younger specimens exhibit a violet fringe that gives this fungus its name. See http://www.flickr.com/photos/ophis/3067412819/

More Information: InsectImages

Violet toothed polypore

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/9/12

Observation Time: 3:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Sandy Ridge Circle

Common Name: Viscid Violet Cort mushroom

Scientific Name: Cortinarius iodes

Comments: This striking violet mushroom has a watery sheen.

More Information: American Mushrooms

Viscid Violet Cort Mushroom

Viscid Violet Cort Mushroom

Viscid Violet Cort Mushroom