Mushrooms

Polypores
Polypores

The polypores are a large group of fungi including many families that exhibit a similar growth habit. They are commonly found growing on living or dead trees. Some polypore mushrooms can persist for many years.

Crust Fungi
Crust Fungi

Crust fungi include many different and unrelated fungi. They are grouped together because of their appearance, either as leathery shelf mushrooms or as flattened "crusts" growing on trees or logs.

Agaricaceae
Agaricaceae

Mushrooms in the family Agaricaceae can range from puffball types to caps with gills. These fungi are primarily decomposers and can often be found in grassy lawns, on wood piles, or at the base of trees.

Phallaceae
Phallaceae

Mushrooms in the family Phallaceae are commonly referred to as stinkhorns because they produce a sticky smelly mass that attracts flies, which in turn help to disperse the mushroom's spores.

Pleurotaceae
Pleurotaceae

Pleurotaceae is a family of fungi that are important decomposers in the environment. They have light colored spores and generally the stem is off center from the cap.

Nidulariaceae
Nidulariaceae

Nidulariaceae is a family of fungi most commonly found growing on wood, including mulch piles. The fruiting bodies of these fungi are characteristically cup, or nest, shaped, and contain spore packets that are dispersed by rain drops.