Mushroom Time

The mountainsides are bubbling up with mushrooms as always at this time of year, but the heavy rains of July and August have brought up a bumper crop. Here are a few. I’ll follow with some names as I get feedback from the Mycological Society of Colorado Facebook group. The diversity is stunning. I think we found 33 species on this one hike.

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The Mycological Society seems to be more about edibles and hunting for dinner, so they’re not much help so far. I’ve tracked down a couple of leads. The little white ones above might be Parasolus, parasol mushrooms.

The one below was called Cystoderma amianthinum by The Mushroom Identification Forum.

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And this one was identified to genus, Thelephora.White fringed purple

This is probably a Russula species, maybe versla.DSC04071.jpg

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And the big ones, below, are all Polypores. Those little creamy ones are still a mystery.DSC04026.jpg

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White polypore 2 underside

Wavy polypore

Author: Samuel A. Johnson

This blog is about hiking, thinking, and writing.

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