Mushrooms of Bowker Creek

by OB5

 

There are over ten thousand species of fungi in North America alone, most of which are decomposers. The fungi category (or kingdom) includes yeast and mold, but in this playlist we will be looking at mushrooms- what they are, the types that grow around Bowker Creek, and how to identify certain species.


Species #1: Flat-topped Agaricus (Agaricus placomyces)
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These are flat-topped agaricus. They were growing in Monteith riparian ecosystem, underneath dogwood and blackberry, in a shaded, damp area. They have gills, which are free from the stalk and slightly pink. Their stalk is mostly white, with a thick base and a ring. Their cap is tan and has small, brown “scales” that radiate…

Species #2: Hare’s Foot Inkcap (Coprinopsis Lagopus)
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These are hare’s foot inkcaps. They are common garden mushrooms that have delicate caps with edges that turn upward with age. They have hollow, frail stalks so they usually last no longer then a day or two. Their gills are very thin and spaced out, with inky black spores. They can be found growing in…

Species #3: Common Inkcap (Coprinopsis atramentaria)
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These are common inkcaps. They are found all throughout parts of Europe and North America. Their caps are a tan brown, their stalk is white, and they have tightly spaced gills with an abundance of inky black spores. Pretty much all inkcaps have gills that liquefy with age. They like to grow on old logs…

Why Chanterelles Don’t Grow Here
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Golden chanterelles are popular edible mushrooms. The main reason why they do not grow around Bowker Creek is because chanterelles like forested area, and moist undergrowth with lots of organic decaying matter. They also like to grow underneath salal. Bowker Creek doesn't meet these requirements.

Coprinoid Mushrooms (Inkcaps)
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Here is a small paper I wrote about coprinoid mushrooms, and how to identify different species you find around Victoria.

Deathcaps
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Deathcaps are one of the deadliest mushrooms in the world, and you can find them in Victoria. I have yet to see one at Bowker Creek but trust me, they are around. So if you do decide to go foraging, make sure you can identify mushrooms properly and always double check your finds. Linked here…

What are Fungi?
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By OB5
A small paper I wrote about what fungi are, and different types of fungus.

The Importance of Fungi
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A small paper I wrote about the importance of fungi and how they contribute to keeping our environment and our bodies healthy and happy.