Category Archives: Fungi

Fungi Return

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Several species of fungi (mushrooms) are adapted to grow in burned-out areas. Some mushrooms fruit only in burnt ground and others have a definite affinity for such habitats. Several species that prefer these scorched landscapes are even known by the … Continue reading

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Plum Pocket Gall Fungus

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A sac fungus, Taphrina prunisubcordata, induces “plum pockets” or “plum bladders” in Sierra plums (Prunus subcordata). The infected fruits expand and elongate into large, soft, light green, hollow “bags” that are round or potato shaped. The plum pocket surfaces are … Continue reading

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False Chanterelle

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False chanterelles (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca) resemble chanterell mushrooms (Hygrophorus). This similarity is reflected in the genus name, Hygrophoropsis, which means resembling (-opsis) Hygrophorus. The forked gills, stem (stipe) placement, which is often off center, and the generally more soft and “flimsy” … Continue reading

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Serviceberry Galls

Gymnosporangium clavipes is a widespread rust (fungus) that infects over 480 species in 11 genera. Also called cedar quince/hawthorn rust, G. clavipes is heteroecious, meaning that it requires two alternate hosts to complete it life cycle. One host, various members … Continue reading

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Heyderia abietic

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Heyderia abietic is an uncommon club mushroom – or more likely it is rarely noticed. Growing in scattered groups on fallen conifer needles (mostly spruce and fir), this fungus rarely grows more than an inch tall.  The small size combined … Continue reading

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White Coral Mushroom

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Coral mushrooms resemble pieces of underwater (marine) coral. Formerly all coral fungi were grouped into one genus, Clavaria. Now based on microscopic, chemical and DNA data there are over six genera of coral fungi. Thus, the white coral mushroom (Ramariopsis … Continue reading

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White Rot Fungus

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Also commonly called conifer parchment, white rot fungus (Phlebiopsis gigantea) is found on the bark and dead wood of conifers throughout North America. A cosmopolitan species, white rot fungus also grows in Europe and Asia. It plays an integral role … Continue reading

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