Monday, September 28, 2009

North Cascades Fungi!

I went collecting in the North Cascades with Joe Ammirati, and two friends from our lab.

What a great day! We found tons of fungi, and quite a few edibles :)
Here they are, edibles first:
Lobster Mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum-orange-growing on a Russula)

Cortinarius caperatus (Rozites) distinguished by the silvery cap:


and off-center cap attachement, this mushroom is often called "the gypsy":

Armillaria, the honey fungus:

it grows in clusters and has cinnamon scales:

Dentinum=Hydnum repandum:

Polyozellus multiplex! the Black Chanterelle! It is a beautiful purple/black with white spores:

Boletus mirabilis, the two maroon ones in the middle;
Lactarius deliciousus group, on the left;
and another Cortinarius caperatus (Rozites) on the right.

Clavariadelphus truncatus a sweet-tasting edible:

Hericium abietis, the Lion's Mane! My first one, and it was huge! I found it fallen off the log it grew on in a camping parking lot :)

The inedibles:
A slime mold (immature):

(mature, spores being released):

Hydnellum peckii (from the bottom):

From the top (it releases red liquid drops):

Coltrichia perennis:

a fall-fruiting ascomycete, usually they fruit in the spring:

Pseudohydnum gelatinosum, a clear, jiggly, toothed fungus:

Cortinarius violaceus, rust-brown spores:

We've been slicing drying mushrooms all evening in our dehydrator. We should have a lot of great edibles to last us the winter :)

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