On one of these rock outcrops, I found Orange Moss Agaric mushrooms (aka Orange Mosscap).
|Tiny mushrooms. The largest is about 1 cm. across the cap.|
These mushrooms grow around the world, but always in association with moss. Seemingly identical mushrooms found on wood turn out to be a different species.
|A large, pale beige mushroom, growing under salal at Echo Lake. With slug nibbles.|
|A bolete, after a hearty slug meal.|
There are hundreds of bolete species. Some are edible and quite good. I used to harvest them in the Bella Coola area; added to a meat dish, they disintegrated to make a smooth, nutty gravy.*
Instead of gills, the boletes have tubes that end in small pores on the underside of the cap; it looks like a fine plastic foam, soft to the touch, and usually damp. Inside, I often find small, white worms beating the slugs to the delicious flesh. (I never cooked the wormy ones.)
|The underside of the boletus above, greatly magnified. To the naked eye, it was just foam.|
|The large mushrooms were on the shore of Echo Lake. The mosscaps were a bit further down the highway, on a rocky hillside.|
*Want to try boletes? Here's a useful page on preparing them for cooking. And here's a recipe.**
**Caution: some boletes are poisonous. Be sure you know what you're collecting before you try them. Never eat one with red pores. And it is rumoured that the Orange Mosscaps are mildly hallucinogenic.