Went out for a little over an hour this morning at Griffy Woods. Took the trail that goes up the hill on the NW side of the lake. Found several things that I had not seen before, so it turned out to be a pretty good walk. One of the first things I came across were some Brick-Tops (Hypholoma sublateritium). They get the name for the color of the cap. These were growing in a cluster on a large downed log.
Most of these were fairly young, and when you find them at this phase and look at the veil, it looks very cobwebby, very similar to members of the genus Cortinarius. It should also have dark colored gills with some age. This next mushroom is of the genus Cortinarius:
I have not taken the time to try to ID this mushroom down to species yet. The genus Cortinarius has well over 500 species, possibly over 1000, and many are notoriously difficult to ID. The final picture shows the “cortina” – the cobwebby veil which the genus name is derived from.
Next we have a crust-like fungus.
This one is somewhat special as it grows teeth. As you can see in the first picture, this crust fungus has little spines that elongate from the body, and it does not always grow flat against the log as a “crust”. It will sometimes grow little shelves away from the log. The common name for this one is Milk-White Tooth (Irpex lacteus). Next are a couple of polypores.
The first one is fairly common in our parts. It is called the Mustard-Yellow Polypore (Phellinus gilvus). You can see the outer edge is a faded yellow, and it is much more vibrant when it is fresher. A drop of KOH turns the surface dark black. The second picture is the Thin-maze Polypore (Daedaleopsis confragosa) who gets its name from its maze-like pore surface. They can even sometimes resemble the gills of the “Gilled Polypore” Lenzites betulina. On to an edible:
Continuing on I came across some Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphereus). These were a little past their prime, so they were not collected for the table. The younger they are, the better they would be to eat. Another edible:
A couple Pear Shaped Puffballs (Morganella pyriformis).
This little mushroom above is fairly boring until you get to know a bit about it. It grows in little clustered shelves out of the sides of dead logs and has gills on the underside. What makes this an interesting mushroom is that is has bioluminescence – it can glow in the dark. It is called the Luminescent Panellus (Panellus stipticus).
This final mushroom of the day was the most interesting to me, as I had never found it before. You probably also wont find it in many of your field guides. I am calling it Amanita longipes.
It is going to have free white gills. Slight remnants of a partial veil. Also most of the stem has a powdery surface texture. Especially near the base.
The surface of the cap has several remnants of the universal veil left as patches.
Ill end this blog post with the final cool feature of this mushroom. It has a root that goes into the ground. There is a slightly bulbuous base and the root extends down into the ground and sort of flattens out as it gets deeper. This root also tends to bend under the surface. As with most new mushrooms you find, dont just pick it at the ground, but be sure to dig up as much of the base as you can.
Hope you enjoyed this blog post of Indiana Mushrooms. Have a good one.