Is There a Mycologist In the House?
A fairy city of mushroom "dwellings." Photo by Carl Grooms
Above, this particular mushroom discoverd by Kerrie Peterson prompted her to post aquery on Nextdoor to confirm if she had uncovered a treasure trove of the beloved, edible chanterelles. She received this response from Florence Nishida: "I am a mycologist (aspecialist who studies fungi), and research associate at the Natural History Museum in L.A.I teach a beginners' mushroom identification class at the L.A. Mycological Society meetings,every third Monday evening (except Feb.) Go to LAMushrooms.com or LAMycologicalSociety.com for details. "Yes, your mushrooms aren't chanterelles, sadly. They're Jack-o-Lanterns(Omphalotus olivascens), not edible. Chanterelles don't grow on wood they're mycoirrhiszaland are partnering with tree roots. Omphlotus is a wood rotter." Photo by Kerrie Peterson