Gomphus clavatus

Gomphus clavatus is commonly found in the Northern Hemisphere and in North America it’s found in mountainous regions and along the west coast (during the winter). The mushroom ranges in color, with young fruiting bodies typically looking violet and progressing to tan-color as they age. It’s cap is lobed and irregular and depending on its stage of maturity, can range from broadly convex to very depressed.

Fruiting bodies can grow up to 10cm across and 5cm high. Gomphus clavatus have mycorrhizal associations with conifers and can be found growing near spruce or fir trees or on their own.

The mushroom is also known as the Pig’s Ear!

(Photo provided by Christine Costello)

Genus: Gomphus

Species: clavatus

Edibility: Edible

Growing Season: Fall

Growing Season: Winter

Cap: Convex

Cap: Depressed

Gill Attachment: Attached

Spore Print: Brown


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Cortinarius trivialis

Fruiting bodies are seen in late summer, fall and even winter in warmer climates in North America.

This mushroom may be toxic, however it also contains a slimy veil which makes it quite unappealing.

It forms a mycorrhizal relationship with some aspen species.

Genus: Cortinarus

Species: trivialis

Growing Season: Summer

Cap: Convex

Gill Attachment: Attached

Spore Print: Brown

Hymenium Type: Gills


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