A few days ago while showing a visiting friend the trails in the Morgan Arboretum we realized that we were surrounded by a wide variety of beautiful fungi … well, not surrounded perhaps but there were, and are, a heck of a lot of them. Consequently we decided to return, this time with camera and time to pause, to see how many of them we could “digitally collect”.
Usually, people think of the autumn as the time of year for fungus forays, yet here we are in early August and there are lots of great things to see if you just care to look.
Do yourselves a favour – go for a walk as soon as you can in the Arboretum. It’s lovely and quiet as there is nobody else there except nerds looking for stuff like this … meanwhile, here are some the things we enjoyed.
Remember the old saying – “All fungi are edible. Some of them only once”
**Note that species identifications, where given, are approximate at the moment (we are working on it) – fungi are hard to pin down at the best of times. Most species given are suggestions only. I am open to any suggestions from more knowledgeable forest visitors and credit will be given.
Hopefully this is Tyromyces chioneus or the “white cheese fungus”. One expert in fungal matters describes it thus:
Tyromyces chioneus is the ho-hum pinnacle of the polypore world, if you ask me. Its boring white cap and pore surface, combined with its soggy texture and lack of interesting microscopic details, are definitely not counterbalanced by the only “interesting” thing about it: its slightly fragrant odor. Oh, sure, the world probably needs Tyromyces chioneus (it is a widespread and common decomposer of deadwood)–but that doesn’t mean I have to get excited about it.