3 lessons on hunting mushrooms

April 9, 2011 McCartney lesson

Unless we get a hard rain this week, the 2011 Texas morel season is a bust.

The tiny amount of rain last week was a drizzle in most areas and at its best in South Onion area it was 0.15 inches. Not quite enough

However, I hosted 2 mycologist from Colorado last week on a exploratory foray. We found dried polypores mainly, but an interesting area of Oyster Mushrooms as well.

The mycologists have a website http://amateurmycology.com/ for those interested.

I learned 3 good lessons from them I want to pass on.

1. For every 5 steps you walk forward, take one look up. Graham spotted a Pluerotus Dryinus (unconfirmed) in a dead oak tree.

2. National and some bigger state cemeteries water their lawns. We checked out the Texas State Cemetery off of 11th street and found several mushrooms in this whithering heat. A reishe and even a fairly rare Earthstar in the front rose bed.

3. Always ask the groundkeepers where mushrooms pop up. They know the best spots.

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2 Responses to “3 lessons on hunting mushrooms”

  • Tim Gilbert says:

    Sure wish it would rain in the San Angelo area. I’d love to find some morels around here!

  • Pleurotus dryinus is mostly a northern species. Down by you, it’s probably Pleurotus levis. They’re basically impossible to tell apart in the field, but they are biologically distinct.


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