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Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor)

18 Mar 2021 1 minute read 3 comments tych0_21

This is an infographic/ID aid that I made for the relatively common shelf fungi, turkey tail. This fungi has been used since at least 500 B.C. for its apparent revitalizing effect. Contemporary research on compounds derived from the species, includin...

Weekend Nature Walk: A glacial lake and a forest covered in artist's bracket

15 Mar 2021 2 minute read 2 comments tych0_21

I had another free day this weekend and decided to head out to a forest reserve I had never visited before. The reserve has mixed stands of pine and hardwood that ring along the slopes and valleys that border the reserve's central lake. The undulati...

A Few Images Collected From the Recent Thaw (North America)

8 Mar 2021 1 minute read 2 comments tych0_21

There are trace stands of old growth forest left near my home that I enjoy exploring. Unfortunately most forests in the region have been cleared over the last 150 years to make way for farmland, but some old-growth remains. Recently we have had a qui...

Royal bolete - Worms do not recognize noble titles - Borowik królewski (Butyriboletus regius)

4 Mar 2021 1 minute read 0 comments marianomariano68

    It does not matter if you are a grandfather or a king - the worm does not check noble titles.       More precisely, it is not worms, but fly larvae (maggots) that love to stay there.   Older date people say    ...

Ebony cup (Pseudoplectania nigrella) - a small mushroom of great possibilities - medicinal mushrooms

19 Feb 2021 1 minute read 1 comment marianomariano68

Healing properties of the small Ebony cup mushroom (Pseudoplectania nigrella)       During scientific work, a substance (peptide) called plectasin was isolated from Pseudoplectania nigrella. Only a few invertebrates, such as spiders or scor...

Geopora arenicola (Zagrzebka piaskowa) - Underground mushrooms in Europe

30 Jan 2021 1 minute read 0 comments marianomariano68

    The fungus is classified as an underground species. The fruiting body can be up to 2 cm in diameter. It is quite deeply embedded in the substrate, on the surface you can see its cup-shaped tip. The edges are irregular jagged, cracked. Th...

Earth tongues (Geoglossum) - little known mushrooms

25 Jan 2021 1 minute read 0 comments marianomariano68

    The shape of the mushroom is most often slender, club-shaped. The bubonic fungus (Earthen tongue) can be 3 to 9 cm tall. The fungus may be dark brown, through graphite brown to almost black. The head (hat) is darker and almost blac...

Winter arboreal mushrooms - Mock oyster, Orange oyster (Phyllotopsis nidulans)

19 Jan 2021 1 minute read 0 comments marianomariano68

    Orange-yellow oyster mushroom. The hat can be up to 8 cm in diameter, has a bright orange color, very visible in winter weather. Semicircular in appearance, in the shape of a fan, outstretched with age. Adherent to the ground sideways. Th...

Underground edible mushrooms of Europe - Truflica kasztanowata (Hydnotrya tulasnei)

8 Jan 2021 1 minute read 0 comments marianomariano68

    Underground fungus, most often tuber-shaped, spherical or ovoid, with small indentations, furrows, bulges. It can reach 5-6 cm in diameter. The surface is somewhat reminiscent of potato tubers, chestnut. The color ranges from red-brown to...

Mushrooms with unusual colors - Parrot Toadstool or Parrot Waxcap (Gliophorus psittacinus) Wilgotnica papuzia

22 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments marianomariano68

Why is it called Parrot Toadstool or Parrot Waxcap?     The very first look brings to mind a bird. The color of these mushrooms is surprisingly similar to that of a parrot, it is very varied and variable. The aquatic parrot mushroom can be olive, g...