Not unlike humans, fall fashion is a major event in the fungi kingdom. The theme this fall is retro-seventies blend of yellow, red, tan, and faded orange. Here are some of the superstars I’ve spotted out and about this week. Also, watch the instructional video below on lending a helping hand (or stick) to a puffball in need.
Oyster mushroom – Pleurotus ostreatus
Oysters from afar
Hypholoma sublateritium – ‘Brick Top’. Purple brown spores. Fruits on dead hardwoods.
Brick tops showing distinctive color.
Pholiota malicola (?) at base of hemlock.
Pholiota malicola (?) – based on habitat, morphology, spore color, persistence of veil fragments on underside cap margin. not 100% tho.
Pholiota squarrosoides – scaly, weird cap, fruiting in clusters on hardwood trees. Thanks to Sam Talbot for the photo!