Girdwood Fungus Fair
We put the "Fun" in Fungus Fair
The Mushrooms are OUT
- This beautiful pair of
were out with all their friends in the Cooper Landing Area (Photo by Sadie Youngstrom). I saw literally hundreds of Boletes just from the car includuing
, and several
species. I was most excited to find
, a young specimen with the distinctive almond smell. I have yet to find an
of any species in Girdwood. I've tried to collect in the Cooper Landing area in Mid-August in years past, but found nothing..seems to me that the fungi are opposite everything else and are fruiting
this year. The Girdwood mushrooms are still just getting going, but are certainly on their way.
seems especially abundant this year.
The fungal flush has begun
Saturday afternoon in the woods revealed alot of new species, including many mycorrhizal species such as three
), a couple
), and the common
. For the decomposers, a number of unnamed species were found, in addition to a gorgeous cup fungus called
(photo comming soon),
sp., and the beautifully abundant tiny
. The super common but poisonous false chanterelle (
) was also scattered on the forest floor. See the photos from Aug. 20 for more!
These showy decomposers/parasites are out in MAJOR quantities all along one side of Timberline Road. These mushrooms are
, which are usually found at the base of dead trees, but not this time. They must be growing on wood under the surface. I've found that some old field guides list this mushroom, or its look-alike
as edible, but that is no longer the case, as type 8 toxins have been identified in some specimens. Oh, and they reportedly don't taste very good.