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Oddballs and Misfits

[ Ascomycetes / Basidiomycetes . . . ]

by Michael Kuo

It probably goes without saying that "Oddballs and Misfits" is not a scientific term or category. My goal here is to provide a central location linking up various fungi that may not key very well in this site's Key to Major Groups of Mushrooms:

Gasteroid Gilled Mushrooms and Boletes

    Primarily western in distribution, these mushrooms look like poorly formed versions of their "normal" counterparts. They often fruit underground, or partially submerged.

Jelly Babies

    Despite their common name, these mushrooms are not jelly fungi. They have yellowish or green caps that are irregularly shaped, and yellowish stems. See Leotia lubrica.

Spathularia and Spathulariopsis

Species of Hypomyces

    These fungi are parasitic on other fungi, and form a crust over their surfaces. Sometimes the result is a severely transformed, mutant-like host mushroom.

Syzygites megalocarpus

    Yellow to gray, fuzzy mold parasitizing various gilled mushrooms.

Slime Molds

    Creepy-crawly things with very diverse (and often amazing) shapes, ranging from cushion- or ball-shaped to club-like, amorphous, or slime-like.

Apiosporina morbosa

    Crusty blackened cat poop on a stick? On the branches of fruit trees.

Cudonia circinans

Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae

    An orange mass of tentacles hanging from the branches of eastern red cedar trees.

Pisolithus tinctorius

    When young a tough, baseball-sized puffball--but with maturity developing odd and sometimes grotesque shapes, looking like a dust-covered stump.

Camarops petersii

    A tough, black, bumpy lump on a log--covered with a veil when young.

Dacryopinax elegans

    Like miniature, fuzzy satellite dishes lined up on decaying hardwood logs.

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Kuo, M. (2006, April). Oddballs and misfits. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site:

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