“Plant” of the day: forest pinwheel

A row of mushrooms growing up the side of a dead tree seem to glow in the dim light of a rainy forest. Seen from below, their caps are nearly translucent, with the irregular branching gills standing out like spokes. As they age the caps may grow pink, and the stem may darken. With their delicate form, wavy gills, and off-center stem these are a particularly sculptural and lovely fungus.

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There is no common name listed for Marasmiellus candidus, but I’ve always heard them called forest pinwheel. They grow on dead wood such as sticks, branches, berry canes and tree trunks–often near creeks. The thick, widely spaced gills are a distinctive feature of this small white mushroom.

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