Month: November 2016

The year for Pig’s Ears and Strange things in the woods

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img_1869Such a lovely day on Willamette Pass!  It had been raining; it wasn’t cold and we saw not a drop of rain all day.  Many mushrooms, especially the challenging LBMs, were fruiting despite the late autumn date.  Snow is predicted this coming week, so today may have been our last “local”(within an hour or so) mushroom hunt.  We returned to the places we had found Gomphus clavatus two different times earlier in the fall, and to our delight, there they were again!  These clusters were in excellent shape!  A few yellow Chanterelles, a perfect Aureoboletus mirabilis (Admirable bolete)  and Lactarius rubrilactus (Red Milky Cap) made the day even better, but the last thing we found was so VERY strange!  Check this out!


Phycomyces nitens or blakesleeana?

This is in the fungal kingdom, but is in the section of molds. Feels like hair, too. The longest strands are maybe 4 inches! It took me forever to remember what this is because I have only found it once or twice in my life.  Cool!!


Phycomyces species – “Pin mold.” It looks just like hair or fur and has tiny spore filled balls at the tips of the “hairs.”

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Peter and Anne have lots of luck Nov. 11!

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peterannes111116From Peter’s email:

Anne and I went west of


Old Lactarius deliciosus. They turn totally green in age and if frozen and thawed.Santiam Junction today, and we saw many fruiting fungi. A beautiful day. We tramped in the woods for almost six hours.Santiam Junction today, and we saw many fruiting fungi. A beautiful day. We tramped in the woods for almost six hours.

Santiam Junction today, and we saw many fruiting fungi. A beautiful day. We tramped in the woods for almost six hours.

We brought home several beautiful bear’s head (hericium abietis), a dozen or so white chantrelles and several admirable boletes (b. mirabilis). What we brought home was in great shape, but we did leave a similar amount of specimens that were well past prime.
We sauteed the hericium for dinner with some shallots and served with shrimp and zucchini in a scampi style with rice. Most enjoyable. Tomorrow we will do something with the boletes and chanterelles.
We also saw some cool jellies: witch’s butter (tremella mesenterica), apricot jelly (phlogiotis helvelloides) and toothed jelly fungus (pseudohydnum gelatinosum).
Russulas, of course, were very prevalent, and a nice show presented themselves as what I call, “Welcome Mushrooms.” These are the ones that stand up and wave just when you get a few feet from the car and haven’t even adjusted your mushroom goggles. I think we were seeing r. emetica and r. rosacea.
We also saw this crazy green specimen with gills; also green. I included a picture, so if you know this one I would be interested to learn more.
Also included is a photo of tonight’s kitchen prep area flush with today’s treasures.



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COMC meeting Nov. 9 update

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Dr. Carpenter shared his tips on using a key to identify mushrooms and then presented his own pocket book guide to mushrooms in the Oregon coast range near Mary’s Peak. The simple spiral-bound book is full of photos and descriptions of fungi that you could find hiking in the area and vicinity.  It makes me want to head to the spot and find these!  I don’t know how many he sold, but with nearly 40 attendees, his book table was busy at the end of the meeting. mushroomsofmaryspeak

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November 9, Wednesday evening, next COMC club meeting

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Boletus calopus held by Dr. Steve Carpenter

Dr. Steve Carpenter will present information on how to use keys when identifying mushrooms and share his new pocket guide book, “Mushrooms of Mary’s Peak and Vicinity.”  Join us for COMC’s next meeting on Nov 9, from 6-8 PM, at the Environmental Center in downtown Bend, 16 NW Kansas.  Bring mushrooms for the ID. table which we will discuss during the first part of the meeting.

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