Sunday, May 26, 2013

Here comes the backlog parade! Mushrooms, wildflowers, whatever I found.

I might have shot myself in the foot by maintaining a personal rule that I post things in the order I find them—but then I put off some postings (last year) for some reason, and then there was the terrible heat wave and drought which led to NOTHING to post for about 3 months—it all turned into a terrible logjam. Here it all comes. In the order encountered, at least.

candling mayapple
Above, an emerging, “candling” Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum. That’s what it’s called—“candling.” Because it looks like a candle.

mayapple unfurling leaf

I was in the right place at the right time to catch this moment of a Mayapple leaf unfurling.
I see these every spring, and every spring I cannot resist taking more photos of them.
2 leaf mayapple
That single mottled vertical leaf is a trout lily, Erythronium albidum. There’s also a yellow version but I have never seen them here in central Missouri.

Mayapples have a single leaf and don’t flower until they’re at least four years old, when they also develop two leaves—I wrote about it, here:

Kind of hard to not anthropomorphize about these. They look an awful lot like some kind of cloaked, dejected being. It doesn’t last long, though; soon they start straightening up, and unfurl their big wonderful leaves. Which I don’t have pictures of. I like these better.

2 leaf mayapple bud low

Below: Lenzites betulina that grew, then the log rolled over and it grew some more and tropism led to wild growth patterns (normally it’s your basic shelf/shell shape), and then algae grew on it. When fresh it actually has gills, but this one's been banged around in life and the gills are shredded. Also, many other people's images show algae growing on it too.

algae polypore turning over 2

morel under leaf

Why it’s hard to find morels.

Coprinellus disseminatus
A growth of hundreds, if not thousands, of Coprinellus disseminatus, on a tree and spilling out around it (on submerged roots, I’m assuming). Some common names are “non-inky Coprinus,” “little helmet,” “crumble cap.” Fragile little things. Unlike other ink caps, these don’t dissolve within hours of emerging into a pile of wet black goo.

Non-inky Coprinus
Above: close-up of Coprinellus disseminatus.

Below: Polyporus alveolaris, “hexagonal-pored polypore.” These really pop out on the mostly-brown spring forest floor (always on fallen branches). “What are those orange things over there?” is what you say when you see them.

Polyporus arcularius spring polypore
If you can’t tell what they are from the top, the pore surface will help:
spring polypore

Urnula craterium edge close Something else I can’t stop taking more pictures of, Urnula craterium. They change pretty dramatically as they age. They start as little fingers, then expand into a wide velvety cone with a smooth rim, then this happens.

That's all for that day.