We’re being invaded! After our big windstorm the other night, I went out to pick up the tree branches and discovered a lawn full of alien life forms.
There were dozens of these “inky cap” fungus otherwise known as Shaggy Manes (from the genus Coprinus).
There were three of these interesting looking Boletes (from the genus Boletus). According to the deer, snails, slugs, and other woodland creatures, these things are quite tasty. The internet agrees that they are edible, but lack taste.
Amoeba said these could be our old friend the field mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) that we recognize from the grocery store, or they could be a deadly poisonous relative and he’d just as soon not taste them to find out.
And for last I saved my favorite alien of all …
… the Orange Peel Fungus (Aleuria aurantia). Isn’t this just cool looking? According to the internet these are edible but not palatable. Amoeba says, “in other words they aren’t really poisonous, but the taste will make you believe they’ve killed you”.
It’s amazing to me that these things just up so quickly. Did that orange one appear overnight too? Wow!
Cherie — well, I hadn’t been out in the backyard for a couple of days, so I don’t know when it popped up, but I’m assuming the storm caused it. They grow in freshly disturbed soil and the ground was gouged there by deer hooves.
I’m sure you’re right, and I’ve seen them pop up overnight in the yard on more than one occasion. 🙂
Wow. I thought the second and third were owlets.
Doug — I can see why that might be.
Linda — not into fungi, huh?
Wet, wet, wet! But beautiful fungi fotos!
Kelley — yes, lots of wet.
We’ve had mushrooms spring up in the yard before, but none of those varieties. That orange one is really cool.
Barbara — the orange one is really cool. It is fleshy and feels kind of rubbery.
Now that’s one thing we never see in our yards here on the leeward side of Oahu. I must say, you’ve made those fungi very beautiful in your photos.
Kay — surprisingly enough, the fungi are beautiful and quite photogenic. These pics are straight out of the camera.
I love mushrooms but will not take a chance either.
What I usually look for is if they have worms in them because of worms eat them then this means you can. But unless I know for sure, which at this moment I don’t , well why look for trouble. You can get kidney and liver failure and this is nothing to play with lol
Lady — I don’t eat anything I am not 100% convinced is safe. I won’t even trust the worms to tell me the truth because I know they would gladly eat me!
fun and kinda scary…
Tilden — only scary if I was actually thinking about eating them. Trust me, I’m not!
Well Quilly – you have made fungi look beautiful!
Kala — they are beautiful. I just took their photos!
You sure did bring out their beauty.
Nessa — it is the grass. It compliments them well.
LOL! I love AmoebaÂ´s way of saying “DonÂ´t feed me those” 🙂
I love the look of that last one too!
Betty — we had this conversation over the phone after I emailed the photos to him. He was also worried I might taste them when he wasn’t home to stop me.
What a delightful lesson on fungi!
Granny Annie — glad you enjoyed it.
I LOVE fungi!!! Great pictures, Quilly!
Jenn — me, too — sauteed in butter, but maybe not this kind. …
WOW that last one is just beautiful! You really have to know your stuff if you want to pick your own fungi don’t you? :0
Akelamalu — only if you want to live.
That orange one is fascinating!
I’m pretty sure that if God wanted me to eat wild mushrooms, he would cause portabella mushrooms to grow in my yard, complete with a sign and a recipe card. In the meantime, I’ll leave it to the experts.
Karen — the only wild mushroom I eat is a Morel. It is pretty hard to mix them up with something deadly.
Absolutely AMAZING! We have weird fungi pop up from time to time too … and I’m never sure WHY they happen! Just out of the blue, very strange stuff! Always photo worthy though! 🙂 I DO love that orange one — I’ve NEVER had one like THAT!!! Now I’m jealous and coveting your fungus! lol!
Melli — Orange Peel fungi is a west coat native. Sorry!
I had some little ones on a cut tree in my garden, nothing as exotic as your pictures! The orange one is amazingly beautiful! I only eat the ones from the store 🙂
Mar — except for Morel mushrooms which I haven’t had in years, I always buy my fungi at the store, too!
I can’t be 100 % certain but I don’t think you were supposed to leave this state with the Menehune or their homes. I’m just saying.
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