Notes and photographs by Alison M. distributed to the Botany Group on November 7.
After the extraordinarily sizzling dry summer time, a lot of our favorite fungi have been noteworthy by their nearly whole absence. In Strathcona Provincial Park, each within the Buttle space and up on the Plateau, there have been not one of the brightly colored Cortinarii, nor the Hydnella (e.g. H. peckii – strawberries & cream) and only a few amanitas. With the current heavy rains there are extra mushrooms showing, however for some the optimum interval is over for the 12 months, because the temperatures dip and frost and snow begin to cowl the subalpine.
Listed below are just a few extra mega polypores (including to Jocie’s checklist in Spectacular polypores) from trails within the Park, in addition to a few large bear’s heads. [Click a photo to enlarge it.]
- Conifer-base polypore (Heterobasidion occidentale – previously annosum). This enormous polypore was on the base of a lifeless conifer on the steep flanks of Mt Elma. It differs from the red-belted conk (Fomitopsis mounceae) by being rather more bumpy on the higher floor, much less common in define, typically missing the crimson/orange band and is discovered solely on the base of lifeless bushes. Regardless of its former species identify, it may be perennial, because the one within the picture.
- Bondarzew’s polypore (Bondarzewia mesenterica – previously occidentale) on the Elk River path. (Evaluate the specimen in Jocie’s photographs #8 and #9 within the Spectacular polypores put up.) This one measured nearly 15 inches throughout (deal with of mountain climbing pole is about 5 inches). It was getting older, and the underside couldn’t be photographed in its entirety. The picture of a damaged piece reveals how the irregular pores turn out to be jagged ( nearly tooth-like) with age.
- Conifer sulfur shelf (Laetiporus conifericola) – one other enormous getting older polypore that has misplaced its good orange and yellow color. There have been many examples on the Elk River path of even older specimens which turn out to be uninteresting white, and can final over the winter . Damaged items could be scattered across the authentic location on account of critter exercise. The second picture reveals the intense yellow/orange color of a youthful specimen, from the flanks of Mt. Brooks above Helen Mackenzie Lake.
- Greening goat’s foot (Albatrellus ellisii). A largish (6-10 inches large) ugly specimen that appears like a bolete, however has an irregular-shaped cap, cracked floor, very thick stipe, thick flesh and decurrent large pores. It stains a blue-green color when damaged, as do a number of the boletes, however is general very powerful.
- Bear’s heads (Hericium abietis). This fall we have now seen a number of massive specimens 20-30 toes up conifers. Listed below are two lifeless conifers simply off the Elk River Path. The fruiting our bodies of the fungus could be 12-15 inches in diameter and at that peak positively squirrel meals. I embody two photographs from a downed trunk within the Divers Lake space for a better view.