The Little Blue

By Walt Sturgeon

Mycena subcaeruleaMycena subcaerulea by Walt Sturgeon

Blue mushrooms are always a treat for the eyes and a pleasure to find. Perhaps the most famous is the Indigo Milk Mushroom, Lactarius indigo. Its deep blue and silver colorations are eye catching and as a bonus, it is edible. In the poroid fungi, Neoalbatrellus caeruleoporus has grayish blue caps. Terana caerulea is a dark blue crust fungus. Some Cortinarius have blue tones as well. Note the names all refer to the colors. Caerulea is blue in Latin and indigo is a shade of blue.

Mycena subcaeruleaMycena subcaerulea by Walt Sturgeon

The Little Blue is just that, a small blue mushroom. Its name is Mycena subcaerulea which I interpret as meaning almost blue. This is appropriate for this quickly fading mushroom. It is often overlooked or passed over because of its small size and colors at maturity and as being just another unidentifiable Mycena. In Eastern North America it fruits for a few weeks right after the morel season and then again in late summer. In Ohio it is most commonly observed in June.

Mycena subcaeruleaMycena subcaerulea by Walt Sturgeon

Look on decaying logs of broadleaf trees. Oak logs are a favored host. Its caps are about 2 cm. or less in width. When first emerging the buttons are a rich, blue color sometimes spectacularly set off by an aqua margin. In age the viscid caps fade to gray, greenish or brownish often with bluish tinted margins. The gills are white. The stem is powdery dusted and at its base look for bluish mycelium. Photographers hope to find this mushroom when the caps are still mostly blue. It is a tiny splash of color in the late spring woods.

Mycena subcaeruleaMycena subcaerulea by Walt Sturgeon

March Mushrooms of the Month

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Welcome to the March installment of Mushrooms of the Month. Ascomycetes by Walt Sturgeon Dacrymyces chrysospermus by Walt Sturgeon Ganoderma applanatum by Walt Sturgeon Half Free Morel by Thomas Sampliner Sarcoscypha austriaca by Walt Sturgeon If you are interested in contributing … Continue reading

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February Mushrooms of the Month

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Welcome to the February installment of Mushrooms of the Month. Astraeus hygrometricus a.k.a. barometer earthstar by Walt Sturgeon Fistulina hepatica a.k.a. Beefsteak Fungus by Walt Sturgeon Hygrocybe miniata a.k.a. Vermilion Waxcap by Walt Sturgeon Pholiota squarrosoides by Walt Sturgeon Pisolithus … Continue reading

It’s a brand new year!

By Debra Shankland

It’s a brand new year, and it’s possible that you’ve recently taken stock and perhaps decided to do some things differently.

Maybe you’ve resolved to learn a new skill, or sharpen an old one.  Getting more exercise sure wouldn’t hurt.  Maybe you’d like to spend more time with your family, or help your kids to find healthy ways to disconnect from their devices.  Maybe you’d like to meet some new friends.

Joining the Ohio Mushroom Society now can help you meet all of these goals, for just $15 a year.  A full year’s worth of benefits include:

  • Six issues of the Mushroom Log, the OMS newsletter
  • Receive advance notice of and participate in your choice of six – ten forays, including both major, multi-day forays
  • Participate in the Annual Dick Grimm Memorial Banquet
  • Take advantage of many learning opportunities with experts in identification, cultivation, and more
  • Receive a discount on membership in the North American Mycological Association

The Ohio Mushroom Society is the place for anyone to exercise their interest in mushrooms, whether those interests include identification, taxonomy, folklore, cultivation, cookery, crafts, photography, ecology, natural medicines, or just spending time in nature.  Beginners and experts are both welcome.

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January Mushrooms of the Month

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Welcome to the January installment of Mushrooms of the Month. Note that “Mushrooms of the Month” refers to the mushroom photos which were submitted for publication in a given month, not necessarily that they are commonly found in that month. … Continue reading

December Mushrooms of the Month

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Welcome to the December installment of Mushrooms of the Month. Agaricus campestris a.k.a. Meadow Mushroom by Thomas Sampliner Coprinus comatus a.k.a. Shaggy Mane by Thomas Sampliner Fomes fomentarius a.k.a. tinder fungus by Walt Strugeon Fomitopsis cajanderi by Walt Sturgeon Fomitopsis … Continue reading