Sunday, January 06, 2019

Coastal BC Fungi: Late Fall Specimens

A moist environment leading to West (Hammil) Lake.
On our quad ride in the Duck Lake region of Powell River in early December we came across fungi, some young and some old.

I'm not able to identify some of them, maybe you can help. And if I've made a mistake, please let me know.

A Coral Fungus (genus Ramaria) found on the Blue Trail Connector .

Next is a bracket fungus called Artist's Conk (Ganoderma applanatum) found nearby on the Blue Trail Connector. It got this common name because it's a favourite with artists for painting and etching when dried.

I'm not sure if these are young Artist's Conks on the downed tree or some other type of bracket or shelf fungi. They are growing out of the cambium layer of a dead hemlock (I think).

Our ride also took us to West (Hammil) Lake. You can reach it from several directions, but we used a trail to the north side near a creek and marshy spots. I don't know what this mushroom is called, but there were clumps of them near the creek on moist spots. It's looks like an old specimen whatever it is.

Another old specimen from the same location. Looks like it's tasty for some critters or slugs.

These small, pointed capped mushrooms were growing in a cluster nearby among dried needles and moss. Does anyone have an idea about their identification?

And this one was flipped over showing the intricate gills.


I'm not knowledgeable enough to be a mushroom forager. But I am an avid fungi observer. How about you?


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17 comments:

  1. That greenish black mushroom is interesting. I don't think I've ever seen one that dark before.
    We had coral fungus around here a few years ago. I've returned to the same site several times, and never found any more.

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    1. There were several clumps of the dark mushrooms near that small stream. They looked to be old and "melting" down, but I'm not sure. - Margy

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  2. Happy first MosaicMonday in 2019...

    ...Hope for springtime! Wish you a very good New Year with health and lucky moments.

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  3. ...little treasure that I enjoyed last fall!

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    1. Fall is big mushroom time around here, especially out in the forest. - Margy

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  4. What amazing photos! And I'm so glad you asked....we could have gotten together to do a post today. I have fungi mosaics too! We saw a lot of different types though! Beautiful!

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    1. I came by to check your out. I guess we were on the same wave link. - Margy

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  5. Margy - I will be no help to you on the identifications, but I sure enjoyed the pictures anyway! Our summer environment here is very dry, and then we quickly transition to snow. So typically, we would only see fungi in the spring, and not many of them. All the more reason to get my fill from your photos! Thanks for linking such a unique mosaic to Mosaic Monday this week!

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    1. They say we have one day of summer and the rest is rain, but that hasn't been true for years. Global warming has given us a big punch. - Margy

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  6. Taking a course on mushroom identification is on my very long list of things to do one day. I cannot help you at this point. There is a wide variety of fungi in these temperate rainforests we live in. Beautiful structures.

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    1. I would like to do that too. They offer them once in a while here, but unless you are quick the classes fill fast. - Margy

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  7. I like being in the forest and watching mushrooms. Picking them up is not my thing though....

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  8. Those are handsome looking mushrooms. I have no clue what they are. Long ago, I sometimes went mushroom hunting with my dad who knew what was edible. If only I had the confidence to know I was picking the same mushrooms.

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  9. Mushrooms are delicious and I love all the unusual varieties there are

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  10. I have no expertise in this field. Interesting pictures though!

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  11. I know we live in the came country, but life is so different there! I love it!
    We are frozen today.

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