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As with many species of fungi, this one has no official common name. It is Lactarius uvidus, what I am calling the Purple-Staining Milkcap. This species thrives in North American and European forests around birch, aspen, spruce, and willow trees. The cap is either flat or indented, and it gives off a milky secretion that turns purple or lilac wherever it sticks on the fruiting body. Click the links below to find out more about this interesting fungus.

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The stickpins or stubble lichens are 30 species in the genus Calicium, which often grow on live branches of trees such as giant redwoods. Below is a closeup of the fruiting body of Calicium adaequatum, sometimes called the “tiny daisy” lichen. Click the links below the pic to see just how minute these bodies really are…! Our Creator sure likes to put a lot of detail into tiny structures! 😀

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The crown-tipped coral fungus is white to yellowish and about an inch or two tall with little spikey crown-shaped tops on its “branches”. It grows on long-dead wood in North America and is edible, with a peppery taste that tends to disappear when cooked. The video below describes where to find this fungus species, how to identify it, and how to harvest and cook it. The links below the video feature more pics and species information.

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Crown Tipped Coral Fungus

The Green Spore Parasol mushroom, Chlorophyllum molybdites, is poisonous and can often grow in backyards and forest “fairy rings”. Watch the video and explore the links below to educate yourself and your loved ones about this common fungi.

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POISONOUS Green Spore

This appealing little fungus, Geastrum quadrifidum, is a type of Earthstar. Some people call it the “four-footed earthstar”, more due to its vertical dancing posture — on its toes — rather than to the NUMBER of “feet” it has. Click the links below the pic to see the development and variety of this widespread earthstar’s forms, while learning more about its habitat and other specifics.

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This highly variable species, Aleuria aurantia, can grow as distinct cup-like individuals or as a mass of curly orange forms — or anywhere in between! The upper, shinier side of this amazing fungus is fertile, while the underneath, more spongy-looking side is infertile. Click Here for an awesome web page explaining this species in detail.

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Orange Peel Fungus can be quite reddish and cup-like!

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Most are more orange and have less of a cup form — click the pic to see over 150 more pics.
This is one highly variable fungus species!

TutorVista.com has a cute little introduction to the Fungi Kingdom.

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This web page provides a definition, a list of characteristics, four basic divisions of the kingdom with examples of each, and some other useful information.

This tiny Earth Tongue is only about an inch tall!

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The Giant Puffball (Calvatia gigantea) is edible!
How’d you like to find this in your backyard?!

Edible Puffball

Ever wonder what the “magic” is in “magic mushrooms”?

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Yes, I’m a hippie chick, but no, I do not encourage drug use.
Still, ya gotta wonder just WHY did the Creator make certain plants to contain chemicals such as the Psilocybin in mushrooms that seem to alter consciousness and otherwise provide quite a psychedelic ride. I’ve not had them myself, but many a “holy man” or those on a quest have sworn by Psilocybin mushrooms.

The blue milk mushroom, Lactarius indigo, can be found in North America, Central America, and East Asia. An edible blue mushroom — who’d’a thunk it?!!

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Did you know that BLUE mushrooms grow in America?
Click the pic for MORE pics (and click “Detail” at the top of that page for more info on this species!)

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The Starfish Fungus, a type of stinkhorn, is just one of many interesting mushrooms of Hawaii.

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Cookeina tricholoma on Project Noah

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Cup fungi can be black and long-stemmed!

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This furry little cup fungi is only about 1/4 inch wide, on a stem only 1mm wide. It grows on partially buried twigs of oak trees in Asia and North America.

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Microstoma floccosum