Let’s call this Flower-Fungi

My children were quite delighted to find some rather lovely flower-type mushrooms amidst the toadstools recently:

I called in the pros but no one had seen anything like it.  My best guess is that this could be Aleuria Aurantia, a brightly coloured fungi that grows mostly in the Douglas fir forests of Oregon, which closely mirror the temperate rain forests we have here on the South Coast of British Columbia.  Any other ideas?

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3 Responses to Let’s call this Flower-Fungi

  1. Jeff says:

    Very pretty – must be a product of that lovely coastal moisture!

  2. Brad says:

    Hi Suzanne,

    I’m no fungi expert but it certainly does look like a.aurantia, and according to the Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia (http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/Atlas/AtlasFungi.aspx?sciname=Aleuria%20aurantia) it’s been spotted a few times in your area.

    It’s also apprantly edible, if you’re game enough.

    Brad (long time lurker, first time poster)

    • Thanks so much Brad-happy to have you! And that’s a great resource you included-thank you!

      So, it’s edible you say…I may need more than a little wine in me to work up the courage to try that!


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