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A frigid fungi walk and a useful resource

January 3, 2008

Turkey Tail  (Trametes versicolor)

Chers Amis,

You know someone likes fungi when they have a separate category for fungi posts and a fungi photo album.  How did this happen?  In a word – Caddie.  She has always loved mushrooms and slime molds and it has become a tradition for us to go on fungi walks whenever there has been a bit of rain.  Even in December.  So off we went, zigzagging through the woods from one fallen tree to another. We found some lovely specimens.  My camera battery was dying so I couldn’t get very many shots, but here are a few. To the left are what we believe to be three golden waxy caps (Hygrocybe flavescens) still dripping rain water. We aren’t 100% sure on this because we did not check the gills/stalk before the freeze.

Take a look at this neat creature. It is wet rot (Coniophora puteana), but doesn’t it look like a flattened sea slug that has captured an autumn leaf and is dragging it back to its lair!  I had to post a close up so you could see the fringed edges and wrinkled, warty ‘skin’. Cool!  In my side bar under beauties is a Pleurotus ostreatus or oyster mushroom.  They are edible, but I’m not quite ready to eat our finds!

Lastly, we have another edible, orange jelly (Dacrymyces palmatus).



If you are at all interested in learning more about fungi, I highly recommend Fungi4schools a website by the British Mycological Society.  It was designed to help educators supplement their Biology/Life Science curriculum with excellent materials on the Kingdom Fungi. We used many of their worksheets, power points, and links when our Adventures in Life Science Club studied the Kingdom Fungi. Be prepared to surf and print.  It is a rich site.  Thumbs up!

Unfortunately, we have had three days of REALLY cold weather for us – lows in the teens and highs just above freezing so most of our fungi finds have perished, but when it warms back up, as it always does in Atlanta in January, Caddie and I will be back out in the woods.

–Marjorie

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2008 5:25 pm

    Marjorie, I always love your posts, especially the fungi ones!! Happy New Year to you and your sweet family!

  2. January 3, 2008 10:37 pm

    I love your fungi posts, too. Those are some great specimens! And, I’ll have to check out the Fungi4schools site.

  3. January 4, 2008 1:47 pm

    How beautiful! Even with a dying battery those are terrific pictures. Thanks for recommending the Fungi4schools site, sounds fantastic!

  4. January 5, 2008 12:02 pm

    Majorie,

    Your Adventures in Science series is proving to be VERY helpful for us this year as we are entering into the great world of Biology.

    Would you by off chance have any favorite referrence books for the Kingdom Fungi that you can recommend?

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