Fungi of the Arboretum

Farlow Herbarium

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North American Mycological Association

bracket fungus in Central Woods

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lacquered polypore

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Fungi of the Arboretum

List compiled by Arboretum staff.

  • Apiosporina morbosa (black knot fungus)
  • Amanitas flavoconia (yellow patches)^
  • A. fulva (tawny grisette)^
  • A. vaginata (grisette)^
  • Coprinus comatus (shaggy mane mushroom)
  • Crucibulum spp. and Cyathus spp. (bird’s nest)
  • Daedaleopsis confragosa (thin maze)^
  • Fomes fomentarius^
  • Fuligo septica (dog vomit slime mold)
  • Ganoderma applanatum (artist’s conk)^
  • G. tsugae (hemlock varnish shelf)^
  • Grifola frondosa (hen of the woods)
  • Lactarius hygrophoroides^
  • Laetiporus sulphureus (chicken of the woods)
  • Mycena spp. (bark mycena)
  • Panaeolus foenisecii (mower’s mushroom)^
  • Panellus stipticus (luminescent pan or bitter oyster)^
  • Phaeolus schweinitzii (dryer’s)^
  • Pleurotus ostreatus (common oyster mushroom)
  • Polyporus squamosus (pheasant’s-back polypore or dryad’s saddle)
  • Pseudocolus fusiformis (stinky squid)
  • Russula crustose (crusty russula)^
  • R. sp. (red)^
  • Stropharia rugosoannulata (burgundy mushroom or wine cap)^
  • Trametes versicolor (turkey tail)^
  • Tremella mesenterica (witch’s butter)
  • Trichaptum biforme (violet tooth)^
  • Tylopilus felleus (bitter bolete or bitter tylopilus)^
  • Tyromyces chioneus (white cheese)^

^Found on a mushroom foray sponsored by the Arboretum and the Boston Mycological Club in late June 2018.

Related Articles & Resources

  • Richardson, K. 2009. A Closer Look at Fungi in the Arnold Arboretum. Arnoldia 66 (4): 13-21. [pdf]
  • Reed, C. “Don’t Eat Amanitas.” Harvard Magazine September-October 2010: 72. [pdf]
  • Soltis, P., D. Soltis, and C. Edwards. 2005. Fungi in the Tree of Life (ToL) web project. Version 03 June 2005.