Tree Silhouettes

A couple of weeks ago, I happened to be out at sunset and was inspired by the silhouettes of some trees growing along Crescent Harbor. One of the things that struck me was how distinct the growth pattern of each species was, and I thought it might make for an interesting challenge to identify the … Read more

Spruce Cone Mushroom (Baeospora myosura)

Baeospora myosura, which I am calling Spruce Cone Mushroom, fruits primarily on Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) cones. In other parts of its range, it will also grow on Douglas Fir, but they are absent in this area. According to the California Fungi account for Baeospora myosura, there is only on other species that is sometimes … Read more

Tar Spot Fungus (Rhytisma arbuti)

Tar Spot fungi (Rhytisma spp) would seem relatively easy to identify to genus – the black spots forming on leaves seem fairly distinctive – but I suspect it would be difficult to identify them to species apart from their occurrence on specific host species. The Pacific Northwest Fungi Database includes entries for many species of … Read more