The obligatory disclaimer:
I make no assertions nor assumptions that any of the fungi shown here are edible. I’m not a mycologist. The general rule of thumb when observing any wild flora and fungi is:
“When in doubt – consider it poisonous.”
While most people wouldn’t consider Mushrooms and Toadstools flowers, in fact they really are. The parts we see above ground are the “flowers” of a network of fungi filaments coursing through the ground.
Found in moister areas of leaf rot or decomposing forest matter, the flowering spore heads are usually triggered by periods of intense – or slow, soaking rains where the forest floor saturates under the deluge, signaling to the fungi filaments that conditions are right for reproduction.
I know a large portion of people would consider any of these blights on their property.
But, since I have a relatively large, natural wooded area here at Turtle Creek…
… and a considerable amount of decaying woodland as the result of high winds, harsh Winters, and marauding Woodpeckers,
I tend to let nature take it’s course and help me decompose all the rubbish.
Fungi also provide food for many of the smaller rodents and beneficial insects
Besides, even with fungi, sometimes you are rewarded with something fantastic…