My-co-lorful characters

2 Aug

DSC05834I sautéed the last of my charcoal burners with some lobster mushrooms for our supper tonight and after the meal I was requested to go out to the woods and gather some more. The above photo is my basket shortly into the trip.

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These are the first mushrooms I noticed upon entering the forest, Pleurotus dryinus  are a rather large member of the Oyster mushroom family.

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Pleurotus Dryinus is an unusual Oyster mushroom as it has a very noticeable long fluffy stem.

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Above is a close relative of the Reishi mushroom and has a history of being used as an artist canvas of sorts, it also is known as a good medicinal mushroom and since I wrote on it with my thumb nail I will take it home for tea. (Ganoderma applanatum).

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Here is a view looking down on the top surface on Ganoderma applanatum, this fungus can measure up to 20 inches across.

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Why not show a medicinal Chaga mushroom from this area as well.

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A small Bay bolete (Boletus badius) growing on a stumps edge.

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Another bolete member, some call it Leccinum subglabripes, others call it Boletus subglabripes, these are a common summer mushroom here.

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Never seen or gathered this choice edible before (Lactarius volemus). This is a rare mushroom this far north and I’ll mail a dried specimen to the Provincial museum for their mushroom collection.

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These are in the Russula family though Lactarius mushrooms give off a milky latex when you touch their gills which you can notice in the above photo. Lactarius volemus has a shellfish scent and its milk starts out white and stains brown in a short time.

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Another new mushroom I never gathered before, this one’s caps are also considered by some to be good eating. (Oudemansiella radicata) I’ll send this one to the museum as well.

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Here are some edibles from tonight on the table with numbers under them, click photo for closer look (1) Boletus subglabripes, (2) Suillus granulatus, (3) Boletus badius, (4) Suillus pictus (5) Charcoal burner (6) Lactarius volemus, (7) Chanterelle and (8) Yellowfoot Chanterelle. This night had some colorful surprises. ciao

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4 Responses to “My-co-lorful characters”

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words August 3, 2013 at 3:02 am #

    you take the most interesting and beautiful photos…
    even as dry as it has been here I have seen some really unusual mushrooms…
    I may have to start learning their names…
    Thank you for such a thought-full post….
    Take Care…
    )0(
    maryrose

    • 1left August 3, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      Thanks for visiting maryrose

  2. TheForagingPhotographer August 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Wow it’s strange to see so much fungi so early in the year – all I’m seeing at the moment is the odd charcoal burner! Great photos.

    • 1left August 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

      Thanks TFP, August is usually a good month for the Chanterelle family around here, though we are seeing some real summer strangers with a variety of boletes popping up everywhere in the last few days.

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