Sarcodon imbricatus

Sarcodon imbricatus

Shingled Hedgehog Also known as Sarcodon imbricatum, Hydnum imbricatum, hawk wing, scaly hedgehog, and scaly tooth. Cap Color: Brown to reddish-brown. Cap Shape: Convex to Flat, irregular border. Cap Texture: Covered with upturned scales resembling the feathers of a hawk’s wing. Cap Size: 1-8″(20cm) Spines: Gray to brown, soft and brittle. Stem Color: Brown. Stem Read More

Hericium erinaceus

Hericium erinaceus

Lion’s Mane Also known as Hericium erinaceum, bearded tooth, old man’s beard, pom pom du blanc, monkey head, satyr’s beard, and unbranched hericium. Fruiting Body Color: White to yellowish. Fruiting Body Size: to 16″(40cm). Fruiting body texture: Solid with long drooping unbranched spines. Spore Print: White. Season: August to November. Habitat: On living hardwoods. Range: Read More

Hericium abietis

Hericium abietis

Conifer Coral Hericium Also known as bear’s head and western coral hedgehog. Fruiting Body Color: White or yellow to salmon-buff. Fruiting Body Size. To 30″(75cm). Spines: Same color as body, up to 1″(2.5cm) in length. Drooping downwards in tufts or clusters. Spore Print: White. Season: August to October. Habitat: On logs and stumps. Range: North Read More

Lycoperdon nigrescens

Lycoperdon nigrescens

Dusky Puffball Also known as Lycoperdon foetidum(interesting as Lycoperdon is Latin for Wolf’s fart, so this name would suggest a rather unpleasant edible mushroom). Fruiting Body Color: Starts of dusky, blackening with age. Fruiting Body Morphology: Pear-shaped and covered with spines that fall off with age. Spore Mass: White when young, then yellowing, and maturing Read More

Lycoperdon pyriforme

Lycoperdon pyriforme

Pear-shaped Puffball Also known as Morganella pyriformis and stump puffball. Fruiting Body Color: White aging to brown. Fruiting Body Shape: Pear or club-shaped. Fruiting Body Texture: Smooth or sparse tiny spines. Fruiting Body Size: To 2″(5cm). Spore Mass: White and firm maturing to brown and powdery. Season: July to November. Habitat: Decaying wood. Range: Widespread. Read More

Lycoperdon perlatum

Lycoperdon perlatum

Gem-studded Puffball Also known as common puffball, warted puffball, or the devil’s snuff-box. Fruiting Body Color: White, eventually browning. Fruiting Body Shape: Round to pear-shaped. Fruiting Body Texture: Covered with white, gray, or brown spines which fall off as it matures. Spore Mass: White when young, maturing to brown powder. Season: July to October. Habitat: Read More

Vascellum pratense

Vascellum pratense

Meadow Puffball Also known as Lycoperdon pratense, Vascellum depressum, Lycoperdon hiemale, field puffball, and western lawn puffball. Fruiting Body Color: White to brown. Fruiting Body Shape: Round to mishapened or turban-like. Fruiting Body Morphology: This species develops a large hole at the top for spore release, that eventually widens to bowl-shaped. Fruiting Body Size: to Read More

Calvatia booniana

Calvatia booniana

Western Giant Puffball Fruiting Body Color: White or tan. Fruiting Body Texture: Surface covered with with plaques or large pointed warts. Fruiting Body Size: At least 8″ to 28″(70cm) across. Season: July to August. Habitat: Ground. Range: West of the Rocky Mountains. Edibility: Edible and Choice, though it may have a laxative effect on some. Read More

Hypomyces lactifluorum

Hypomyces lactifluorum

Lobster Mushroom Fruiting Body Color: Bright reddish-orange. Fruiting Body Size: To 12″(30cm) across and 10″(25cm) high. Fruiting Body Texture: Firm and pimply. Season: July to October. Habitat: The Lobster Mushroom, is not a mushroom at all but a parasitic mold that engulfs other mushrooms, typically Lactarius and Lactifluus (milk-caps), and Russula (brittlegills). Range: North America Read More