Along many of Algonquin’s trails you will encounter a variety of mushrooms, fungi and lichen. Of course it always depends on the recent weather and the time of year. There are over 1000 different species of fungi found in Algonquin Park.
Purple-toothed Polypore, or Trichaptum biforme, is another shelving species which turns greyish with age. There are many bracket fungi that are similar to each other and to make a more confident identification it is important to gather as much information as possible from each specimen. Where is it growing and on what type of surface or wood? What colour are it’s pores, if it has pores? What size is it? Perhaps photographing the fungi beside a ruler or coin would be helpful.
Thin, overlapping and shelving fungi with colouring that ranges from tan to orange to red-brown to amber is known as the extremely common Turkey Tail, or Trametes versicolor. There is also another species that resembles this fungi, known as False Turkey Tail (Stereum hirsutum). The best way to distinguish them is by looking at their underside. The underside of Turkey Tails will like small holes, which are actually tubes, while false turkey tail will be smooth or slightly wrinkled with no visible pores. False Turkey Tails are a type of crust fungi.
This bright, but small jelly fungus can be spotted after heavy rains in any season. Orange Witches’ Butter, or Tremella mesenterica, is common and can be easily confused with Orange Jelly fungi. In dry periods these fungi become thin, shiny crusts, but after rain they absorb the water to become a jelly that actually has spores all over their surfaces.
I’m not quite sure what this is. If I had a close-up shot I might have seen the type of spores it had, it’s texture, etc. Just another reason why I should be taking more pictures of mushrooms I come across.
Many times you will come across areas on logs that have a variety of fungi, mushrooms, lichen and moss. The lichen in this shot appears to be Monk’s Hood Lichen, although it could be Waxpaper Lichen (also known as Cracked Lichen).
Barron, George L. Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada. Edmonton: Lone Pine Pub., 1999. Print.
Thorn, Richard Gregory. Mushrooms of Algonquin Provincial Park. Whitney, Ont.: Published in Cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources by the Friends of Algonquin Park, 1991. Print.