Quick post today to share some honey mushrooms I saw and photographed last night while hiking up Little Si, and to let everyone know what I’m currently working on.
As many of you know, until now all my mushroom photos have been lumped/dumped together into a photo gallery unceremoniously labeled as “Mushrooms”. Over the past week, I’ve been learning and teaching myself more about them and in the process, started to divide the mushroom images into taxonomical categories. Not only is it helping me learn more about them, it also helps illustrate the similarities and differences between the groups for those who use my work as an online field guide. In the following days, weeks, months and years – this gallery system will become for extensive and populated, and will be subject to some change as there seems to be just as much (if not more) controversy among mycologists on how mushrooms should be categorized, as there are about the wild orchid taxonomy I’ve struggled with over the years.
That said, here’s the new photo (click to enlarge) and some information on the species for those interested, and you can quickly see how confusing mushroom science can be!
Honey mushrooms (Armillaria sp.) growing near the summit of the heavily forested Little Mt. Si in North Bend, Washington showing three distinctive phases of cap growth. As with many mushrooms, exact species are hard to distinguish and the taxonomy keeps changing, but luckily all of these honey mushrooms are edible and quite a commonly-collected type prized by forest foragers. It is advised that these be thoroughly cooked as these mushrooms are said to have variable levels of toxicity when eaten raw.
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