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Clifton Park Mushrooms

By jstookey - Posted on 08 July 2013

I have been walking around Clifton Park looking for mushrooms and trying to identify them. I have found a large variety of different mushrooms. Each mushroom that I identified is my best guess based on comparing the mushroom to the pictures in the book, and in some cases doing some additional work like taking a spore print. This is not meant to be a definitive resource for identifying mushrooms as some of my guesses may not be 100% accurate. It is more meant to serve as a place for me to keep track of the variety of mushrooms that can be found in the greater capital region of Albany. I am adding more pictures as I come across new mushrooms. Click on the images for a larger image, or in some cases more detailed information.

Hen of the Woods
Grifola frondosa

Chicken Mushroom
Laetiporus sulphureus

Shaggy Mane
Coprinus comatus
Oyster Mushroom
Pleurotus ostreatus
Honey Mushroom
Armillariella mellea

Painted Suillus
Suillus Pictus

Cinnabar-red Chanterelle
Cantharellus cinnabarinus
Jack O' Lantern
Omphalotus olearius
Black Trumpet
Craterellus cornucopioides

Crown-Tipped Coral
Clavicorona pyxidata
Variable Russula
Russula variata

Bear's Head Tooth
Hericium americanum

Giant Puffball
Calvatia gigantea

Chicken Fat Mushroom
Suillus americanus
Old Man of the Woods
Strobilomyces floccopus
Viscid Violet Cort
Cortinarius iodes

Spindle-Shaped Yellow Coral
Clavulinopsis fusiformis

Bay Bolete
Boletus badius

Ganoderma lucidum
Orange Mock Oyster
Phyllotopsis nidulans

Witches' Butter
Tremella mesenterica
Wolf's Milk
Lycogala epidendrum
Mossy Maple Polypore
Oxyporus populinus
Pigskin Poison Puffball
Scleroderma citrinum

Boletellus chrysenteroides

The off-white flesh of this mushroom colors slightly blue when sliced into and has a rich, earthy smell.
Amanita velatipes
Amanita velatipes

Emetic Russula
Russula emetica
False Coral
Tremellodendron pallidum
Shaggy Pholiota
Pholiota squarrosa
Deadly Gallerina
Galerina autumnalis

Peppery Milky
Lactarius piperatus

If this is a Peppery Milky, then the spore print should be white.
White Coral
Ramariopsis kunzei

Crowded Parchment
Stereum complicatum
Sulphur Tuft
Hypholoma fasciculare
Olive Oysterling
Panellus serotinus

Pholiota limonella
Pholiota limonella

Unidentified mushrooms

Russula brevipes? Lactarius deceptivus?

Hatched Alien Egg

I saw several mushrooms that looked like this. It almost looks like there is a mold growing on the mushroom. It's likely this is Hypomyces chrysospermus, a mold that grows on Boletes. It goes from white to yellow to red and brown.
This odd mushroom looks like a furry paw.
Lactarius indigo?
Unknown Lactarius
Lactarius ???

Netted Stinkhorn?

Over the course of 14 hours, this mushroom went from a mature stinkhorn with a bright green head to this rotten pile of waste. A bit of rain and a lot of insects got to it during the night. Sadly, I did not get a picture of the mushroom while it was healthy.

The white flesh and yellow tubers of this mushroom has a very mild smell, and does not stain or discolor when scratched or sliced.

This is not a milky cap.

Related Links

* Cornell Mushroom Blog
* NPR Discussion of post-Irene mushrooms
* TED Talks - 6 ways mushrooms can save the world
* More mushrooms identified in the area

Ways to cook mushrooms

* Hungarian Mushroom Soup
* A page rating different mushrooms cooked with varying methods