libutron:

Angel’s Wings: once edible, now deadly toxic
Commonly known as Angel’s wings due to its smooth and white caps,   Pleurocybella porrigens (Marasmiaceae) had been considered an edible fungus by many, however, an outbreak of encephalopathy of unknown etiology occurred in 2004 in certain areas of Japan after eating this mushroom, locally named Sugihiratake. As 17 people died of acute encephalopathy, this species is now considered deadly poisonous.
Currently, approximately 100 of the known species of mushrooms are poisonous to humans. New toxic mushroom species continue to be identified and some species initially classified as edible are later reclassified as toxic. 
This species is also found in North America and Europe, so, please if you find this mushroom, do not eat them!.
Synonym: Pleurotellus porrigens.
References: [1] - [2] - [3] - [4] - [5]
Photo credit: ©Curiosity thrilled the cat | Locality: Fort William, Scotland, United Kingdom (2013)

libutron:

Angel’s Wings: once edible, now deadly toxic

Commonly known as Angel’s wings due to its smooth and white caps,   Pleurocybella porrigens (Marasmiaceae) had been considered an edible fungus by many, however, an outbreak of encephalopathy of unknown etiology occurred in 2004 in certain areas of Japan after eating this mushroom, locally named Sugihiratake. As 17 people died of acute encephalopathy, this species is now considered deadly poisonous.

Currently, approximately 100 of the known species of mushrooms are poisonous to humans. New toxic mushroom species continue to be identified and some species initially classified as edible are later reclassified as toxic. 

This species is also found in North America and Europe, so, please if you find this mushroom, do not eat them!.

Synonym: Pleurotellus porrigens.

References: [1] - [2] - [3] - [4] - [5]

Photo credit: ©Curiosity thrilled the cat | Locality: Fort William, Scotland, United Kingdom (2013)

libutron:

Orange pore fungus: an invasive species 

When speaking of invasive organisms is common to think of plants and animals, but not in fungus, perhaps because there are few studies that address the issue of geographic dispersal in this group of organisms. 

The fact is that fungi can also be dispersed, as they have a medium, their spores, through which the genetic material of the fungus can be taken to new places and successfully establish, whether be it transported by natural elements (water, wind, birds) or accidentally by man.

The beautiful Orange pore fungus, Favolaschia calocera (Mycenaceae), is one of those fungi that has spread beyond its native range distribution. This saprotrophic fungus occurs naturally in Madagascar and parts of southern Asia. It was first reported as an exotic New Zealand in the 1950s, and is now common throughout the North Island and the north western regions of the South Island.

Genetic studies also revealed that it may have also been introduced to Kenya, Norfolk Island and Réunion Island. In 2002 it was also reported from Italy. In 2005 it was recorded for the first time in south eastern Australia, and currently it has been reported also in North America (Brazil) and the Hawaiian islands.

Because it is spreading, it needs to be monitored due to the potential ecological impacts of its introduction, since it is a saprotrophic fungi. Whether it may displace native fungi is still uncertain, as in both New Zealand and Italy it appears to be more abundant in remnant or disturbed habitats.

References: [1] - [2] - [3] - [4]

Photo credit: [Top: ©Bernard Spragg | Locality: Ruakaka, Northland, New Zealand]  -  [Bottom: ©Marco Bertolini | Locality: unknown]

smugtownmushrooms:

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smugtownmushrooms:

We literally have a BUFFET of wild mushrooms this week to offer ya folks!! Beautiful bouquet of Hen of the Woods, lots of Chicken mushroom, Honeys, and of course are fresh, cultivated oysters !! Don’t miss these flavored!! Grab some fresh, wild mushrooms for the holiday!! Available today til 3pm or by appointment/pickup throughout the weekend. Yay!!!!!!!! #smugtown #smugtownmushrooms #henofthewoods #grifola #frondosa #laetiporus #sulphureus #chicken #wild #honeys #mushroom #lionsmane #hericium #erinaceus #rochesterny #rochesterpublicmarket #fresh #organic #food #foraged #ganoderma #geneseevalley

odditiesoflife:

Funky Fungi

Bearded Tooth Mushroom - This strange looking fungus is edible when young and grows primarily in North America. The mushroom is unique due to its unusual, white and hairy appearance. The taste resembles seafood and is used mostly in Chinese cuisine.

Sky Blue (Entoloma Hochstetteri) - It is named after the German naturalist Ferdinand von Hochstetter. Found in the woodlands of New Zealand and India, the small mushroom is known for its blue color because of three azulene pigments and is not edible.

Cauliflower (Sparassis) - This unique mushroom derives its name from Greek meaning “to tear”. These species are found in Korea, USA and Australia. The mushroom is edible only when its still white in color.

Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria) - They belongs to the poisonous types of fungus usually growing in the regions of the Northern Hemisphere. These beautiful deep red mushrooms are large with with white spots and are one of the most recognizable types of mushroom.

Turkey Tail (Trametes Versicolor) - This fungus can be found all over the world and looks like turkey feathers. The importance of this species is high in China and Japan as they are used in medicine for therapies against cancer.