Sunday, September 15, 2013

Name the Mushroom

Yesterday I spotted these unusual mushrooms under a tree in Belmont: 

I've just gone through my four mushroom guidebooks and I can't identify them, although they might belong to the genus Hydnellum. My guides would be more useful to me if they were categorized according to the adjectives I use for describing mushrooms, like "disgusting," "gooey," and "gross."

As I study these photographs, I think these could be said to resemble a poorly shaped caramel-pecan sticky roll with their lightly browned coloring and gooey, gross, disgusting interior. They did not look remotely appetizing in person.

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