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On my Marble Rock hike, I encountered an array of fungus species. The most easily identified was Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor), which was plentiful around the bridge crossing the little creek. There were patches of Turkey Tail between the slats of the bridge and around the stump at its end. For more about Turkey Tail, see Stumped, my October 2nd post.

A very pretty fungus was growing on an old birch log on the forest floor. It was an eye-catching green, but it didn’t start out that way. The fruitbodies of Cerrena unicolor are white to pale grey or brown, but often turn green because of algal growth. It is a type of bracket fungus with shelving, overlapping fruitbodies. Cerrena unicolor is widespread and common and is typically found on hardwood stumps and logs.

Another colourful fungus appeared to be leaking out of a tree stump. Orange Jelly (Dacrymyces palmatus) is common and widespread and fruits on dead conifer logs and stumps.

Finally, as I was walking through the pine plantation, I noticed a host of brown mushrooms growing in plentiful numbers amongst the pine trees on the forest floor. Such undistinguished (to the unaccomplished amateur’s eye) mushrooms are had to label, but this may be Tricholoma myomyces, a fungus that is widespread and common. It fruits under conifers and usually appears late in the year, after the first frost.

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