Category Archives: Fungi, Lichens, & Mosses

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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Timberlandscape

A lovely winter prospect was growing along one side of a large fallen tree just off the path around Manasquan Reservoir. Colorful groupings of fungi and lichens, a bit of leftover snow, and a few wispy weeds in front provided … Continue reading

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Alms for the spore

Soft, beige mushroomy mittens held out offerings of snow to the rest of the forest. Perhaps something like Birch polypore (Piptoporus betulinus), these bracket fungi were growing on a tree deep within a wooded part of the park.

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The 5000 Fingers of Dr. F

Washing down the side of a large log like a cascade of melting wax, this funny-looking fungus may be Ochre spreading tooth (Steccherinum ochraceum) or something similar.

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Peek-a-boo puffball

Covered neatly with stiff white peaks of meringue — or so it seemed — this Puffball mushroom (something in the Lycoperdon or Calvatia genus perhaps) looked like an airy, if fungal, confection peaking out from behind a few weedy leaves.

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