Category Archives: Fungi

Western Giant Puffball

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The Basidiomycetes are fungi that bear spores on (not in) specialized cells called basidia. One group of Basidiomytes produce their spores externally on gills, tubes, lobes, etc, and are the typical “mushrooms” with which we are all familiar. The second … Continue reading

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Poor Man’s Gumdrop

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Poor man’s gumdrop (Guepiniopsis alpinus) is a fungus found on dead conifer logs, stumps and branches. It is known as a “snowbank” mushroom because it is found fruiting in the spring at higher elevations from the Rocky Mountains westward, often … Continue reading

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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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