Category Archives: Fungi, Lichens, & Mosses

Let a ‘shroom be your umbrella

Just waiting to embellish an exotic cocktail, these umbrella-shaped mushrooms chose the middle of a woodchip path to come up. Might be in the genus Parasola (perhaps Parasola auricoma).

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… and a park ridge with a pear-shaped tree-like thing

Growing along one of the hillier trails in the park, one clump of bright green moss suggested both a plump pear and a rather squatty evergreen.

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The Enchanted Gummy-bear Broccoli Forest

Looking as if someone had emptied boxes of frozen florets, gel-like green mushrooms sprouted here and there in one of the sandier sections of Weltz Park. The fungi might be some type of Waxcap (genus Hygrocybe).

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Guacamolde

Little bits of mold-like moss or lichen grew in just the right way around a fallen log’s knot to suggest a split avocado.

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Killer clown wigs from outer space

Like playdough pushed through a sieve, orange fungus oozed from Cedar-apple rust galls, creating a clownish yet alien look on an Eastern red cedar. Not content with just one host, spores from these squishy fingers may infect apple and other … Continue reading

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Rocky Picture Show

On a narrow strip of land between Henry Hudson Trail and Sandy Hook Bay, boulders and rocks were alternately covered with moss or ice, creating a mixed spring-like and wintry vista.

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Brain cloud

This stiff, pale green moss might make for some nice bushes around a model-train set. Up close it looks like a bleached coral reef, or maybe a mass of neurons. Although there are none of its namesakes in this area, … Continue reading

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