First Finds of the 2011 Colorado Mushroom Season

by Graham on April 12, 2011

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Yesterday, James went out and found a Polyporus squamosus, the dryad’s saddle, fresh and still in button stage. In February we found some Flammulina velutipes fruiting on our oyster and enoki stump in Littleton, however, also known as the winter mushroom, Flammulina velutipes can be found in almost every month of the year. This morning I went out to my earliest Coprinus comatus spot in the front yard, and sure enough, there were 4 mushrooms! Now 4 mushrooms may not be very many, and this particular spot is watered by the sprinklers in the mornings. But every year they pop up in this spot, mushroom season has officially begun. If you search wetter areas, in particular places in the city where they have just turned on the sprinklers, you should have a good chance of seeing some fungal life. Pleurotus, Flammulina, Coprinus, and maybe few Agaricus should be around. Another good place to start looking is around creeks and rivers along wetter areas, especially spots with a good seepage. We will keep you updated on the progression of the Colorado season as it goes along. Morels should be popping up within the next month, along with all of our early spring fungi. If you haven’t already, check out my post on Morel habitat for more information. Asparagus should also start sprouting up soon as well! Good luck out there and happy spring!

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Bert Matthews April 20, 2011 at 2:40 am

Wow, Super far out. Great Photos! You even got the gravel on the cap, nice. Thanks for sharing. I’ve been out poking around, especially today, after last nights blessed rain, I thought I’d stumble on something. Not yet, but there’s always tomorrow.
Thanks again for filling the now with this awesome web site.


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