My wife and I traveled to Asheville, North Carolina for the 2004 North American Mycological Society foray. I also attended the Mycological Society of America meeting immediately following the NAMA foray. We also spent some time in and around Rockbridge County, Virginia.
No microscope was available, so all of these fungi were identified by macroscopic features using these field guides:
With a few exceptions, these species do not occur in the Western United States.
All photographs © Michael Wood. Click on the species name to see the photo. Some photos also have a higher resolution version available by clicking on the "Hi Res Photo" icon.
The Eastern United States has many more species of boletes compared to our bolete mycota here in the West. Many are of great beauty and bright colors, such as this Boletus bicolor.
These beautiful chanterelles were the most common mushroom species we saw during this trip. With their bright colors, they are easy to spot in spite of their small size.
Known as the "smooth chanterelle" because of it mostly smooth hymenium.
Chlorociboria aeruginascens stained wood
The mycelium of these bright blue-green cup fungi stain the wood in which they are growing a similar color. When wood that has been stained by fungal growth is used for furniture, it is called "spalted" wood.
Most of the Lactarii I encountered on this trip had much more copious "milk" than the typical west coast Lactarius.
This species and Lactarius corrugis are considered very good edible mushrooms by most who have tried them.
The specific epithet means "velvet foot".
Called "the old man of the woods", a strange name with an unknown origin.
This fungus is related to the jelly fungi, not most of the coral fungi.
This "cup fungus" has apothecia that look like elongated rabbit ears.
Amanita citrina will have patches of universal veil remnant on the cap in younger specimens. Faded specimens can resemble the destroying angels, but this mushroom has an abruptly bulbous stipe base, not a sac-like volva.
This is one weird looking "puffball"! On the basis of DNA research, we know that Calostoma is related to the boletes! There are three species of Calostoma in North America and about a dozen more in Asia and Australia.
This coral fungus is easy to recognize by the crown-shaped branch tips. Also known as Artomyces pyxidatus.
This jelly fungus grows on decorticated conifer wood.
This one would require a microscope for identification. All of the mushrooms here could use a microscope for confirmation.