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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Leccinum insigne

Leccinum insigne, commonly known as the aspen bolete or the aspen scaber stalk, is a species of bolete fungus in the family Boletaceae.

There have been documented cases of  adverse reactions, ranging from headaches to gastrointestinal distress, which may or may not be attributed to food sensitivities alone.

The specific epithet insigne means “distinctive or outstanding”.

Sourced 7/16/2020 from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leccinum_insigne

 

Genus: Leccinum

Species: insigne

Edibility: Edible

Growing Season: Spring

Growing Season: Summer

Cap: Convex

Hymenium Type: Pores

2020-07-16T13:19:43-06:00

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Panaeolus cinctulus

This is a common fungus that is found throughout the world. It’s cap ranges from convex and campanulate to umbonate depending on its stage of maturity.

Fruiting bodies can range from 4-6cm in diameter and are typically found in grassy, well-fertilized areas.

The mushroom is known to contain some psychoactive effects

Genus: Panaeolus

Species: cinctulus

Growing Season: Spring

Growing Season: Fall

Growing Season: Summer

Cap: Convex

Gill Attachment: Free

Spore Print: Black

Hymenium Type: Gills

Veil: Absent

2019-06-14T11:04:17-06:00

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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

2019-02-17T15:13:38-07:00

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