Collection location: Wildcat Mountain State Park, Vernon Co., Wisconsin, USA [Click for map]
Who: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
Cool fungus. note the purple gills. white spore print. huge encrusted cystidia. small mushroom 1-1.5 inches diameter. fun find. I always find it on the same log every year I go. The epithet myriadophyyla means “10,000 gills,” probably in reference to the close spacing and relatively large number of thin gills.
note. Although the collection site is Wildcat Mountain, I know you westerners are going to make fun of us calling something a mountain in Wisconsin…
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Wildcat Mountain, east of La Crosse where I live, is also in the “driftless” area of Wisconsin. Unlike most of Wisconsin and Minnesota, the glaciers went around the driftles area 10,000 years ago. All the ridges and valleys (we call them coulees) were formed from glacial melt, eventually all leading into the Mississippi River. The best place to collect in Wildcat mountain is a northern relict,which was never logged and contains trees and fungi native to northern Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota— old growth white pine, eastern hemlock, and yellow birch. We have a lot of unusual distributions of fungi here and in the rest of the driftless area. You’re welcome to come visit!
The texture of the landscape looks really interesting in the satellite image from the Google map (click on the location link and then click the ‘Satellite’ button.