Aborting Entoloma

Oct 13, 2015. While following a bramble filled deer path through a power line, I trampled entoloma abortivim 1a few of these and then took a better look. Looking closer I recognized them as Entoloma abortivim, so I looked around for a dead stump and there it was. The dead stump because the Entoloma has a relationship with one of the honey mushrooms. Tom Volk explains it well in his Sept 2006 “Mushroom of the Month” post.

I have found this to be a delicious mushroom, although I have not found it in this quantity (3 1/4 lbs) but a few times. entoloma abortivim 2In the second picture you should see a normal Entoloma, a split carpophoid, and two intact carpophoids (superior and inferior views). Carpophoid is the term for the aborted body. Read Volk’s post for an analysis of which is which – Honey or Entoloma – abortee or abortor. :-)

I always cut mine and look inside before eating; the same as small puffballs. Beware the Amanita egg !!!!!

clean abortivim


They clean up well !!!

Different Eyes

It helps to have different eyes on a foray. Yesterday, I took Lee Ann and Brenda (later to adopt the pseudonyms Clavulina and Umbo) on a guided foray, and we found some cool stuff.

M luteopallensThis Mycena luteopallens is a mushroom that specializes in a substrate of walnuts or hickory nuts. It’s worth reading about (click on the link) and looking closer for as you foray in an oak-hickory forest seeking Hens this week. Notice the beautiful symmetry in the way the mushroom arises from the undesurface of the hickory shell like umbrellas gracing a four-poster bed!

Another cool find was a Clavulina cristata, hence the pseudonym. I had seen it at NAMA last weekend so I recognized it immediately.

T alboaterWe found three Tylopilus alboater in a group. This is a beautiful bolete that has an immediate staining reaction on the white pore surface. Color immediately goes to red and then black when touched the least bit.

Brenda’s eyes, as we rode, brought in about 5 pounds of Sparassis crispa, and she also spotted a large Jack O’Lantern cluster. We harvested a couple of Jack specimens, to go along with some Panellue stipticus that we had found, for Clavulina and Umbo to take home and, hopefully, experience bioluminescence.

Rainy Week – Great!!


NOTE: This week’s finds are at the end of the post, so read on . . . .

Cordyceps militaris

Cordyceps militaris

Yep, it has been a rainy week indeed. With Joaquin coming up from the Bahamas and a stagnant Low over South Florida we’ve had plenty here in the Valley, and my friends on the other side of the mountains (Asheville) have had even more. For me, it began Thursday evening at the NAMA (North American Mycological Association)



Pseudohydum gelatinosum

Pseudohydum gelatinosum

annual foray at Black Mountain, NC and continued until I got home on Sunday. Then it began here, and it did not quit until last night (Sat). Ten days is enough!!! For the upside, however,, read on  . . . . .NAMA was cool. Lots of collections (almost 400 species) and excellent lectures/talks. The session on mycophagy was outstanding. A lot of people put in many hours and much effort to put on a gastronomical feast for the attendees. That was Good Eats indeed – eat your heart out Alton Brown. Wow!

Panellus stipticus - Foxfire

Panellus stipticus – Foxfire

I co-led a foray on Saturday. We had 40 signed up, but only three braved the rain and the thought of an all day experience in it. In spite of the low turnout, some cool species were found. Those three foragers were some serious mushroomers.

The rains here began to slack up Friday and over the weekend I found 2 Hen of the Woods (6 lbs total), three Chicken of the Woods (17 lbs total) two small Hericium and a lonely Lobster. Surprisingly, no giant puffballs yet, but the Meadow Mushrooms are showing. Tomorrow, I’m taking two clients to the mountains on a private foray. Hen1Hen2My guess, and hope, is that we will see a variety including T. caligata and Rozites caperata – the Gypsy. In my opinion, this time of year sees a reduction in variety of edibles but good quantities of what you do find. Maybe, because many are saprophytes.


chick2-1chick3Get to the woods !!!