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Good Edible Species:

    Calvatia craniiformis
    Craterellus fallax
    Hericium coralloides
    Laetiporus persicinus
    Morchella deliciosa
    Morchella esculenta
    Sparassis crispa
    Tricholoma magnivelare


Interesting Species:

   Amanita cruzii
   Cyathus stercoreus

   Dictyophera indusiata v. lutescens

   Filoboletus manipularis
   Laternia triscapa
   Pseudotulostoma volvata
   Staheliomyces cinctus


Poisonous Mushrooms:

   Agaricus xanthrodermis

   Amanita muscaria

   Amanita virosa

   Chalciporus piperatus

   Chlorophyllum molybdites
   Galerina autumnalis

   Hebeloma crustulinaforme
   Inocybe lacera
   Psilocybe cubensis

Interesting Mushrooms


The following choice edibles are very distinctive and therefore easy to identify. It is always wise to be certain of your identification of a species before eating it. Consult a field guide to determine your species. This web site should not be used to identify mushrooms. Hope’s Mushroom Cook book has fine recipes for the preparation of the species pictured here for the table.


Amanita cruzii

Amanita cruzii:


A new species from our NSF (National Science Foundation) sponsored diversity study of fungi in the Dominican Republic.  The white covering and granular material are part of the universal veil that protects the young button as it matures.

Cyathus stercoreus

Cyathus stercoreus:


These are called "birds nest fungi" because of the resemblance to eggs in a nest. However, the "eggs" are the place where the spores are borne. They are "bounced out" by raindrops which hit into the "nest" as much as 8 or 9 feet away. The covering of the peridiole "egg" sloughs off and the spores germinate and reproduce the fungus.

Dictyophera indusiata v. lutescens

Dictyophera indusiata v. lutescens:


This species was collected and photographed by us in Korea. This is a stinkhorn and the green sticky material is where the spores are and it also gives off a very repugnant smell. The "skirt" attracts the insect and the smell leads it to the stinkhorn. The flies carry the spores to more humus material. The spores germinate and spread the fungus.  The fruiting body can be as much as 10 to 12 inches high.

Filoboletus manipularis

Filoboletus manipularis:


A typical mushroom one would find in a tropical rain forest. The spores are borne in the large pores beneath the pileus (cap). This mushroom was photographed in Thailand.

Laternia triscapa

Laternia triscapa:


This stinkhorn from the Dominican Republic has the spores suspended under the arches like a lantern for which it is named. During wet weather we have seen several hundread fruiting bodies fruiting in one small area.

Pseudotulostoma volvata

Pseudotulostoma volvata:


This very strange fungus was described in a study by Dr. O.K. Miller and colleagues Dr’s Henkle, and James from Duke University. and Dr. Steve Miller from the University of Wyoming.  It grows under Dicymbe forest in a remote area of Guyana where Dr. Henkle, now from Humboldt State University, has a research project.


Also see: A Strange New Fungus Among Us! (.pdf) by Orson K. Miller, Jr.

Staheliomyces cinctus

Staheliomyces cinctus:


This is an unusual stinkhorn from Costa Rica. The spore bearing surface is the green band which appears to be constricting the mushroom. It also gives off a disagreeable smell and the spores are spread about as described for the Dictyophera.



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