The Lazy Woman's Mushroom Hunt

by Amy (Mushroom Appreciation Author)
(New Hampshire)

A close-up of a Berkeley's Polypore, quite a large mushroom!

A close-up of a Berkeley's Polypore, quite a large mushroom!

Sometimes you don't have to look very hard to find a really cool mushroom. Sometimes, through the grace of luck and friends, a really cool mushroom will find you!

My friend told me about a few very large mushrooms growing in a local cemetery. When I went to check them out, I found they were enormous! One was at least 4 feet across, and had dropped so many spores that it looked like someone had spray painted the grass underneath it white.

Identification wasn't very hard. The size, shape, white spores, and growth near oak trees led me to believe that my friend had found Bondarzewia berkeleyi, the Berkeley's Polypore.

Although they are edible when younger, I wasn't about to try these tough old specimens. I exited the cemetery with only pictures, leaving the massive Berkeley's Polypores to be marveled at by others.

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Growing out of a bag of mulch
by: Pat

I had bought mulch last year but didn't use it all. Today while collecting the bags to use there was a huge fungi on the side of the bag. I identified it as your lazy womans mushroom. It is about 12" across. The floor of my garage under it was powdery white also. Very cool...but I tossed it in the yard waste bin...

mushroom
by: Anonymous

I found one of these in my yard! It's a beautiful pale pink - it's very large & lovely!

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