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Over Easter weekend I got the chance to hike around my mom's woods in Northwest PA. I found many shelf fungi (what looked to be different sizes and shapes of Dryad's Saddle, or maybe even Turkey Tails or Coral Woodcrust) and a species of crust fungi, too, which I'm almost sure was Merulius tremellosa, or Gelatinous Woodcrust.
The other main fungus I found was, unfortunately, the Giant False Morel (also known as Snow Morel, or Gyromitra gigas. These were coming up in small groups everywhere along the sides of the paths, and I am fairly certain as to their identification.
I also did stumble upon a couple dry, little puffballs, which still spewed forth some spores when I touched them. On a later hike, I came across a pine tree whose trunk was covered with some sort of light- tan to golden brown globose fungus. They reminded me of puffballs with no opening.
I don't see anything like them in my ID book... Do any of you know what they might have been? Luckily, I did get photos of many of the fungi that I saw during my hikes, including the odd one covering the pine tree. However, the pictures were taken on a non-digital camera, and I have yet to get them developed.
As soon as I am able to do so, though, I will definitely post them here.
If you're seeing false morels then the true morels should be up in the same area usually in 1 or 2 weeks. Good luck!
Really?! I will be going back to my mom's house this weekend for a Memorial Day picnic thing, so I will definitely have to thoroughly search her woods for some!! I'm really anxious to try them!
Thanks for the reply,
EDIT: I'm fairly sure those globose fungi weren't Amanita buttons... especially because they were actually growing on the trunk of the pine tree. I'm gonna take a look in my book and see if Earthballs do that, though. Thanks again!