the most common fungus?

Thom O'Dell odellt at
Tue May 2 02:51:14 EST 2000

what about Schizophyllum or some inconspicuous little aphyllophoralean?

Thom O'Dell

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todell/r6pnw_corvallis at

In article <20000418054518.10422.00001095 at>, basidium at
(David W. Fischer -- wrote:

>>My guess that is that the Northern forests are the most likely habitats for
>>the species that makes the most fruiting bodies.  I bet it's a mycorrhizal
>>one.  Suillus, Leccinum, Boletus, Cantharellus, Russula, Lactarius,
>>Amanita, anyone?
> Based on my field experience, the most common and abundant group of mushrooms
> in the northern forests is the Armillaria (formerly Armillariella) mellea
> species complex.  Even where one does not find fruiting bodies---and the
> fruiting bodies of the several species which are most common are, indeed,
> ubiquitous during their fruiting season---one can readily locate the telltale
> "shoestring" rhizomorphs.  These mushrooms (or---if one wishes to restrict the
> word "mushroom" to "fruiting bodies," the fungi that produce them) seem to
> thrive in every forest!
> I have seen fruiting in northeastern forests where a harvesting crew of a few
> people could fill a five-cubic-yard dump-truck in an eight-hour shift.
> David W. Fischer
> Coauthor, "Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America" and
>    "Mushrooms of Northeastern North America"
> E-mail: basidium at
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