Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Fungi - 2 species
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Giant puffball
Langermannia gigantea
throughout woods
Most giant puffballs grow to be 10 to 70 centimetres (3.9 to 28 in) in diameter, although occasionally some can reach diameters up to 150 centimetres (59 in) and weights of 20 kilograms (44 lb). The large white mushrooms are edible when young.The fruiting body of a puffball mushroom will develop within the period of a few weeks and soon begin to decompose and rot, at which point it is dangerous to eat. Unlike most mushrooms, all the spores of the giant puffball are created inside the fruiting body; large specimens can easily contain several trillion spores.
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Chanterelle mushrooms
Cantharellus cibarius
roughly 100-sq ft area in front yard on hillside by white pine
Chanterelles grow on the ground under hardwoods or conifers, and are usually fairly easy to spot. They are medium-sized or large, yellow to orange-yellow mushrooms that feature a convex, flat, or shallowly depressed cap, a central and fleshy stem, and false gills on the under side of the cap.
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Giant puffball Chanterelle mushrooms