What do these seemingly unrelated words have in common? They are all different types of fungi!
The Eastern North American Destroying Angel or just destroying angel is found all over the U.S. and are more common in areas where oaks and other hardwoods are prominent. It really is destroying too, it is deadly poisonous! It’s one of the most toxic mushrooms in North American and causes cellular necrosis.
Black Witches Butter sounds like something out of Hansel and Gretel but it’s actually a very common jelly fungus. This squishy jelly fungi is commonly found on fallen branches of oaks and other hardwoods and can be seen throughout the fall and winter.
Bleeding Fairy Helmet is common all over Europe and North America and is usually found around beech trees! When they are cut they “bleed” out a thick dark red substance!
Devil’s Fingers or Octopus Fingers can be found all over the world and smells like rotting flesh! They start out inside a mushroom egg and then up to 7 fingers burst out. Some scientist in Britain suspect as global temperatures rise so will the population of this fungi.
Turquoise Elfcup can be found all over Europe and North America and is also referred to as Green Cup fungus. The cup-like structures are hard to find but this fungus often stains the wood blue-green. The stained wood can still has been used in decorative woodworking since the 14th century!