Pop Up Post! Fungi I.D. Walk in West Olympia

We are beginning the Fair Weather Plant I.D. Walk Series early this year with:

a feature Fungi Walk on Sunday, March 24!

In preparation of this event we thought folks might appreciate some info on what makes this kingdom so unique and fun to study.

In this blog post we have included diagrams which describe different types of fungi; basic mushroom morphological parts and I.D. features; and the Mushroom Life Cycle, plus additional resources and photos.

These were compiled by Lauren Re, instructor for the upcoming Fungi Walk.

Group size will be limited to 20 participants. There are limited spots left, sign up soon as to not miss out!

Gilled Mushroom Morphology:

Gilled Mushroom Morphology  from  WCH Toxinology Resources

Gilled Mushroom Morphology from WCH Toxinology Resources

 

The Mushroom Life Cycle relies on spores to reproduce.

What we find above soil is only the fruiting body of a larger organism, arising in seasonal time.

These fruiting bodies can take on a variety of shapes, sizes, colors flavors and toxicity.

Mycelium is the vegetative part of the fungus. Mycelium may be too small to observe with the naked eye, or massive like in the case of Armillaria ostoyae in our Cascade range.

Mushroom Life Cycle by Gould League's kids club magazine, Written and Illustrated by Tessa Koumoundouros

Gill Attachments and Cap Shapes:

Look at the fine details, here are some things to notice.

Mushroom Growth Forms:

Shapes to consider when observing mushrooms.

Features to ID mushrooms, gill attachments and cap shapes  by George Barron

Features to ID mushrooms, gill attachments and cap shapes by George Barron

Further reading:

Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast - Noah Siegel and Christina Schwarz

Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest - Daniel Winkler

Field Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms of North America - Daniel Winkler and Robert Rogers

urbanmushrooms.com

xylaria.net

Look at the variety available in our backyard!

Erica Guttman