Friday, January 8, 2010

Jack o' Lanterns

This is a fairly common around here and yet I've missed several chances to draw them since they began fruiting in late fall, even though they tend to persist longer than many other mushrooms. They fruit on decaying wood, although, in this case, the wood is buried. Although I've never seen it, Omphalotus olivascens also has gills that glow green in the dark. It's a poisonous mushroom that bears enough resemblance to a chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius) that another common name for it is False Chanterelle. You can read more about this and related mushrooms at Mykoweb and MushroomExpert. There are several photos at MushroomObserver.