If they gave out gold medals for mushrooms, the award — at least in our woods — would go to this fab fungus. I found it growing alongside a rotting poplar.
Most mushrooms are diminutive and except for odd growth forms or striking colours don’t really shout Here I Am! Not this one. Bright white and the size of a dinner plate, there’s little chance you’d miss it.
Growing alongside rotting poplar.
This mushroom easily breaks apart. Perhaps a passing mouse or a squirrel or simply age caused a chunk to fall out.
This giant mushroom turns brown as it ages.
Here’s to big and bold.
Best guess? Giant leucopax Leucopaxillus giganteus (aka Clitocybe gigantea)
It is a phenomenal summer for mushrooms. Warm temperatures and near-daily rain have produced more fungi than I’ve ever seen.
These are not your white fairy-ring-in-the-lawn mushrooms. The woods are filled with a stunning display of colours, shapes and sizes — and each trip among the trees reveals new ones I hadn’t seen earlier.