Observation 66841: Polyporus umbellatus Pers. ex Fr.
When: 2011-05-03
(37.561861° -77.933085° )
No herbarium specimen

Notes: At first thought it was G. frondrosa, but doubted it because I’m under the impression that G. frondosa is a summer to fall fungus. It is May 2. Took a specimen because of the unusual branching and pores. Keyed it in Arora to G. umbellata and verified with photos and descriptions on the web.

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Shots of the habitat growth with a better camera. There were three trees in the general vicinity: Sweet gum – Liquidamber styraciflua, Ironwood – Carpinu caroliniana, and Red Maple – Acer rubrum. I believe the fungus was growing on/with the roots of the Red Maple. The maple had...
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Shots of the habitat growth with a better camera. There were three trees in the general vicinity: Sweet gum – Liquidamber styraciflua, Ironwood – Carpinu caroliniana, and Red Maple – Acer rubrum. I believe the fungus was growing on/with the roots of the Red Maple. The maple had...
144642
Shots of the habitat growth with a better camera. There were three trees in the general vicinity: Sweet gum – Liquidamber styraciflua, Ironwood – Carpinu caroliniana, and Red Maple – Acer rubrum. I believe the fungus was growing on/with the roots of the Red Maple. The maple had...
144643
Shots of the habitat growth with a better camera. There were three trees in the general vicinity: Sweet gum – Liquidamber styraciflua, Ironwood – Carpinu caroliniana, and Red Maple – Acer rubrum. I believe the fungus was growing on/with the roots of the Red Maple. The maple had...

Proposed Names

78% (4)
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Recognized by sight: Thought it was Grifola frondosa at first
Used references: Mushrooms Demystified and Internet sources

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Bear Skull??
By: Charles Seltenright Sr (Shroomin Yooper)
2011-05-04 05:23:22 CDT (-0500)

The remains of the Bear is really cool!! I have a skull collection from my forays in the woods but no Bear in it!!

Oh yeah
By: Brandon (bsearcey)
2011-05-03 19:50:58 CDT (-0500)

Found a couple of fresh Dryad saddle and also the remains of a black bear. I took the skull and could only find five of the claws. Pretty good day in the field.

Alas, a day late and a dollar short!
By: Brandon (bsearcey)
2011-05-03 19:38:55 CDT (-0500)

I went back today to collect the rest of the G. umbellata, but when I got there I notice alot of knats and other buggies crawing around the clusters. I started checking each one by breaking of some of the stems and splitting. Wouldn’t you know it, all of them were riddled with larvae. Man, that stinks. I didn’t check the original one I pulled, but I could almost bet it will be in the same shape. The bugs really seem to like this one.

I still took two of the medium sized clumps hoping to maybe go through it and salvage something, but left the rest. As you can see in some of the new pictures I found the sclerotium as well. Anybody know what to do with this. I know it is used in Eastern medicine, but I’m curious if it couldn’t be used to grow more in a controlled setting. I’m absolutely clueless about this aspect of mycology, so any help would be appreciated. I also was able to get several nodules of the sclerotium and would gladly send some out to those who might be able to get it going. Don’t worry, there was alot of the sclerotium in the area.

Wow!!
By: Paul Sadowski (pabloski)
2011-05-03 12:54:56 CDT (-0500)

This is a great tasting mushroom and you have found it in perfect condition. We do find it in NYS (Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill, and in Stony Brook in Harriman Park.

Congrats! You’re having a helluva spring!

….
By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2011-05-03 08:46:16 CDT (-0500)

I always hear that Grifola frondosa (Hen) is an unmistakable mushroom, but Ive always thought that this and Meripilus g. are EASY to get confused in the mix for a beginner. I never see this mushroom this far up (NY), though I have found it fruiting several time much further north in Minnesota. Let us know how it turns out!

So, you guys agree I take it?
By: Brandon (bsearcey)
2011-05-03 08:24:53 CDT (-0500)

It is pretty ironic (more luck) that I found it. This is my first year activily searching for fungi. So far I’ve had a pretty good year with over 70 morels and now this.

Honestly I didn’t look at the host tree closely, I think it is either a Red Oak or a Chestnut Oak. I’m going back today and will note the tree and the surrounding vegetation. Plus get more pictures with my good camera.

Sweet
By: Charles Seltenright Sr (Shroomin Yooper)
2011-05-03 05:25:24 CDT (-0500)

Ive been looking for this one a long time!!

Nice Find
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2011-05-02 22:30:04 CDT (-0500)

Beech woods?

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