Mark Bower sent these pictures from the mycological survey he and other Master Naturalists are conducting at Valley Water Mill. This is Entonaema liquescens,* a colorful mushroom growing on deciduous wood logs in the forest. It has a world wide distribution but is uncommon in North America.
|World distribution- discoverlife.org|
For a little relief, the picture below I received from Sharon Yoker, requesting an identification. I struck out on my first attempt and finally sent it to my Arkansas guru, Jay Justice. He came back with Ganoderma lucidum, a very interesting species. It is referred to also as the reishi mushroom.
|Ganoderma lucidum- Sharon Yoker|
Believe it or not, many fungi are beautiful when captured by a talented photographer. Mark Bower has photographed a wide variety of specimens on our stretch along Bull Creek, so to leave on a more aesthetically pleasing note, here is his Ganoderma lucidum, picture.
|Ganoderma lucidum on Bull Creek- Mark Bower|