Friday, November 6, 2015

Charbonnier - Schwarzfaserige Ritterling

    Very interesting find ... Tricholoma portentosum - Fungus 
    Tricholoma portentosum, commonly known as the charbonnier, or sooty head in North America, is a grey-capped edible mushroom of the large genus Tricholoma. It is found in woodlands in Europe and North America. 
    Der Schwarzfaserige Ritterling oder Rußkopf (Tricholoma portentosum) 
    ist eine seltene Pilzart aus der Familie der Ritterlingsverwandten (Tricholomataceae).

Grifola frondosa, hen-of-the-woods, ram's head and sheep's head.

Quite often I find mushrooms or lichens I am not familiar with. 
Most likely I'll take some pictures and later identify my objects at home.
This time I discovered a very interesting mushroom growing below a walnut tree and identified as :
Grifola frondosa a polypore mushroom that grows in clusters at the base of trees. 
The mushroom is commonly known among English speakers as hen-of-the-woods, ram's head and sheep's head. 
It is typically found in late summer to early fall. 
The mushroom is known by its Japanese name maitake (舞茸), which means "dancing mushroom". 
Grifola frondosa should not be confused with Laetiporus sulphureus, another edible bracket fungus that is commonly called chicken of the woods or "sulphur shelf". 
Like all polypores, the fungus becomes inedible when older, because it is then too tough to eat.

Der Gemeine Klapperschwamm (Grifola frondosa), 
auch bekannt als Laubporling, Spatelhütiger Porling 
und unter seinem japanischen Namen Maitake (舞茸, dt. „Tanzpilz“), 
ist eine Pilzart aus der Familie der Riesenporlingsverwandten (Meripilaceae).
 Er wird besonders in Japan als Speisepilz geschätzt und findet Verwendung 
in der traditionellen chinesischen Medizin.
                                                                  Information sources: Wikipedia
                                                                           Pictures:  ghbach 11/2015

Fallen leaves...

Leaves are falling,
as snowflakes,
Red and yellow, gold and brown;
The breeze laughs gaily in the treetops,
Shaking all the color down.
Leaves are covering the gardens
As my blanket covers me.
When cold winter comes, the flowers
Will be warm as warm can be.
© Irene B. Crofoot
Dies ist ein Herbsttag wie ich keinen sah !
Die Luft ist still, als atmete man kaum,
und dennoch fallen raschelnd, fern und nah,
die schönsten Früchte ab von jedem Baum.
Oh stört sie nicht, die Feier der Natur !
Dies ist die Lese, die sie selber hält,
denn heute löst sich von den Zweigen nur,
was von dem milden Strahl der Sonne fällt.
© Friedrich Hebbel

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Canada - Indian Summer

"It is only here in large portions of Canada that wonderous second wind, 
the Indian summer, attains its amplitude and heavenly perfection, 
-- the temperatures; the sunny haze; the mellow, rich delicate, almost 
flavoured air: Enough to live -- enough to merely be."
- Walt Whitman, Diary in Canada

"Es ist nur hier in großen Teilen von Kanada, der wunderbare zweite Wind,
Indian Summer, erreicht ihre Amplitude und himmlischen Vollkommenheit,
-- die Temperaturen; der sonnige Nebel; Die milde, delikate, fast aromatisierte Luft: 
Genug zu leben -- genug, aber nur ."
- Walt Whitman, Tagebuch in Kanada

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ischnoderma resinosum - Resinous polypore - Laubholzharzporling

Ischnoderma resinosum is a species of fungus in the family Fomitopsidaceae.
Commonly known as the "late fall polypore", "resinous polypore", or "benzoin bracket", this shelf mushroom is 7–25 cm (3–10 in) across, velvety, dark red/brown, aging black.
Its spongy but tough, sweet smelling flesh exudes a red liquid when young.
This fungus fruits on hardwood logs and stumps in late autumn.
A widely distributed species, it has been recorded from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.

Der Laubholzharzporling  ist eine sehr seltene Pilzart und kommt nur regional etwas häufiger vor.

Lycoperdon pyriforme - pear-shaped puffball - Birnen-Stäubling

Lycoperdon pyriforme, commonly known as the pear-shaped puffball or stump puffball, is a saprobic fungus present throughout much of the world. Emerging in autumn, this puffball is common and abundant on decaying logs of both deciduous and coniferous wood.
It is considered a choice edible when still immature and the inner flesh is white.

Der Birnen-Stäubling (Lycoperdon pyriforme) ist eine Pilzart aus der Familie der Champignonverwandten (Agaricaceae). Er ist weit verbreitet, sehr häufig in Mitteleuropa und hier der einzige auf Holz wachsende Stäubling. Junge, weißfleischige Fruchtkörper sind essbar, später ist der Pilz ungenießbar.

Mock Oyster Mushroom - Phyllotopsis nidulans - Falscher Austernpilz

Mushrooming around Waterloo...
The perfect time to search for mushrooms is definitely fall. 
Mosquitoes are gone and the weather is most of the time very comfortable.
Here is my first report:

This beautiful mushroom, sometimes called the "Mock Oyster" in field guides, 
isn't likely to be confused with the "true" Oyster Mushroom, which is not orange. 

Oyster mushroom, Phyllotopsis nidulans is orange from head to toe, 
and densely hairy on the cap surface. 

It is widely distributed in North America, 
and often grows in shelf-like clusters on dead hardwoods 
and conifers in the fall.