Troupes of these appear now and continue to fruit over the summer.
Puffballs and Inky Caps
We are seeing the first fruitings of pear-shaped puffballs and inky caps this week. Hope the nice rains keep up!!
A spring fruiting of Platterful was brought about by last night's rain. Many well-decayed logs have several of these mushrooms emerging. They have large caps with very broad gills and dark brown radial fibrils. Spore print is white.
Oysters are popping
Last week we could smell the tell-tale odor of oyster fungi (Pluerotus ostreatus) in our woods. Then, just a few days ago, they started fruiting in large clumps. Looks to be a good year for them on our dead and dying aspen trees.
Lots of False Morels
We have been getting plentiful fruitings of false morels in our area. Sure wish they were the real thing! No oysters yet in our woods. Anyone else finding any mushrooms yet this spring?
Cora Mollen, author of Fascinating Fungi of the Northwoods and founder of Northstate Mycological Club.