My Woods

Interesting things I find in my woods

Polypore Bracket Mushroom

This large bracket polypore (I haven’t been able to get a good identification) is about 12 feet up in the tree. The caps are about 14 inches diameter. I walked by this mushroom for several weeks because I didn’t look up.

Coral Fungus

This little yellow-tipped coral fungus (ramaria formosa) is one of several varieties that dot my woods.

Destroying Angel

The Destroying Angel - Eastern North America Destroying Angel - is one of the most deadly mushrooms. It is of the Amanita class - amanita bisporigera. This is one of only a few I have found on my property. Lots of other amanitas.

Chicken of the Woods

This chicken of the woods (laetiporus sulphureus) is a good edible mushroom. It needs to be found and picked when young. The older ones can become tough. We had this one in a stir fry. :)

Blue Lobelia

As I was wandering down the dry creek bed I chanced upon this great blue lobelia (scientific name: lobelia siphilitica). It was gone the next time I wandered that way.

Tree Roots

I found this old tree and its roots interesting.

Common Puffball

The common puffball (scientific name: lycoperdon perlatum) grows on the ground on buried wood. It is ok to eat if you get them young. This was a large area covered with the mushrooms.

Northern tooth

This northern tooth (scientific name: climacodon septentrionalis) is the largest mushroom I have ever found. It is about 18 inches tall. The beech tree it is on is so big it would take two people to reach around it. Too bad it is not edible it would keep me in mushrooms for a long time. Like most shelf mushrooms it is woody and very hard.


The american hornbeam is an understory tree that likes moist soil. I often find it near a stream. It is characterized by having wood that looks like a muscle and is also called musclewood. I have an interest in this wood because it makes great walking sticks. It is light and strong and interesting to look at.

Wood Hedgehog

The wood hedghog (scientific name: Hydnum repandum), like the chanterelle, has spines rather than gills. The spines in this mushroom take the form of teeth. It is also known as the sweet tooth. It is an edible mushroom. Unfortunately this was the only one I found and I did not pick it to eat.

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