Many types of mushrooms are decomposers of wood. We have had a large brush pile in our woods for about 8 years and this is the first year that any noticeable mushrooms have fruited there. Lucky for us it is the lovely and edible coral fungus, Clavicorona pixidata. It is easily identified from many other corals by the delicate branching of the tips, which look like the points on a crown.
Last week, club memeber JoAnn Jansen called to say that she had an oak tree full of Sulfur Shelf (Laetiporus sulphureus). She was heading out of town for a few days and invited any interested club members to go over and harvest the treasure trove. My brother gladly took a drive out there and found many young and beautiful specimens up and down the trunk of the tree. He collected quite a few pounds and enjoyed tasty grilled sulfur shelf for dinner. Luckily he has plenty to share, so he gave me a bag full. -A.Small
Cora Mollen, author of Fascinating Fungi of the Northwoods and founder of Northstate Mycological Club.
Northstate Mycological Club