Guepinia helvelloides – Apricot jelly

Guepinia is a genus of fungus in the Auriculariales order. It is a monotypic genus, containing the single species Guepinia helvelloides, commonly known as the apricot jelly.

The fungus produces salmon-pink, ear-shaped, gelatinous fruit bodies that grow solitarily or in small tufted groups on soil, usually associated with buried rotting wood.

The fruit bodies are 4–10 cm (1.6–3.9 in) tall and up to 17 cm (6.7 in) wide; the stalks are not well-differentiated from the cap.

The fungus, although rubbery, is edible, and may be eaten raw with salads, pickled, or candied. It has a white spore deposit, and the oblong to ellipsoid spores measure 9–11 by 5–6 micrometers. The fungus is widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere, and has also been collected from South America.

Sourced 9/13/2020 from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guepinia

 

 

Genus: Guepinia

Species: helvelloides

Edibility: Edible

Spore Print: White

Growing Season: Spring

Growing Season: Fall

Growing Season: Summer

Hymenium Type: Smooth

Veil: Absent

: Fall

2021-05-20T19:31:10-06:00

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Calvatia gigantea – Giant Puffball

Calvatia gigantea, commonly known as the giant puffball, is a puffball mushroom commonly found in meadows, fields, and deciduous forests usually in late summer and autumn. It is found in temperate areas throughout the world.

All true puffballs are considered edible when  immature, but can cause digestive upset if the spores have begun to form, as indicated by the color of the flesh being not pure white (first    yellow, then brown). Immature gilled species still contained within their universal veil can be look alikes for puffballs. To distinguish puffballs from poisonous fungi, they must be cut open; edible puffballs will have a solid white interior.

Sourced 9/13/2020 from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvatia_gigantea

 

 

Genus: Calvatia

Species: gigantea

Edibility: Edible

Growing Season: Fall

Growing Season: Summer

: Fall

2020-09-28T12:32:29-06:00

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