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Spore Prints

Macroscopic, microscopic and chemical observations are all used to identify mushrooms. Size, color, shape, odor, taste, texture and other surface characteristics as well as habitat can be determined without special equipment. How the mushrooms react to various chemicals may also … Continue reading

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Scrambled Egg Slime Mold – Aethalium

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Yesterday I introduced the plasmodium phase of scrambled egg slime mold. The second growth stage of scrambled egg slime mold (Fuligo septica)  and other slime molds is called an aethalium and is comparable to the spore-bearing fruit of the mushroom. I previously … Continue reading

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Veiled Polypore

Several years ago a lightning-cause fired swept through an area along Lower Hat Creek (Shasta County CA). The fire was contained quickly and the area recovered rapidly. However the flames left many standing dead ponderosa pine trees. I noticed some fungi … Continue reading

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Red-belted Polypore

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A perennial fungus that can be found throughout the year on dead tree stumps and logs (occasionally living trees) is the red-belted polypore (Fomitopsis pinicola). Found on over a hundred different host trees, this polypore is also commonly known as a … Continue reading

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