Monday, September 17, 2007

Happy Birthday, Hank Williams

That would be Hank Senior, of course. Enjoy some of your favorite Hank Williams tunes today. Among my favorites are "Crazy heart", "Lonesome Whistle (I Heard That)", "Kaw-liga", "Setting the Woods on Fire", and "Jambalaya on the Bayou". As far as I know, Hank never sang about fungi, which is a shame, but what can you do?

Saturday, September 8, 2007


Howdy, Y'all.
The rain has delivered! While in the field, I came upon these boletes, which I'm pretty sure are Boletus rubellus. I'm not sure if I'm going to try eating them, given what the mushroom
has to say about this species. Arora says this species may be edible, but as the old saw goes, "there are old mycologists, and there are bold mycologists, but there are few old, bold mycologists".
These particular mushrooms were in a pine plantation with some oaks mixed in, which has a pretty high water table. The stipes (stems) are pretty thin compared to other boletes, which can be quite bulbous. And, of course, there's the blue stain reaction, as demonstrated at the top right, there.

Boletes are ectomycorrhizal, which explains why they tend to be found only in certain types of forests.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Rained upon

Hey y'all,
Just been out in the field again, looking at tree crowns. It's been rainy off and on, and I've been waiting to see all that rain promises... I'm really hoping to find some boletes, especially ones that have been mycoparasitized by Hypomyces spp. to send to my good myconerd buddy Greg.
While I haven't seen the boletes, I did see a few things out there, some Marasmius, some quince rust on hawthorn, lots of earthstars, and lots of other typical fungi that one has to resign oneself to in periods of prolonged dryness. Hopefully, I be able to get some pix up soon.