08.20.2020 Unicorn Mushroom

A happy little find while photographing wildflowers at Hallockville Pond in Plainfield, MA.

The specks are typical according to reading. It has a few Latin names, but Entoloma quadratum is the most recognized. Here it is growing among partridge berry-Mitchella repens, which I posted about in July of last year. Poisonous so look only.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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27 Responses to 08.20.2020 Unicorn Mushroom

  1. krikitarts says:

    I like your description of a “happy little find.” It looks like it would have been hard to spot at all if it hadn’t had that rich amber glow.

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    • Yes, the color does act like a beacon and, as these are poisonous, I guess it has no reason to hide itself. I am always happy when I find something I’ve not seen before. But then I am happy seeing most anything when communing with nature.

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  2. Very Nice Steve! Great image!

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  3. Yup, this mushroom’s brown-orange stands out nicely against the surrounding foliage. I can see where the color might deter birds and mammals, but might some insects still eat it?

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    • I am not aware of any specifically but it seems I am always finding mushrooms with what appears to be a bite or two taken from them. I think that there are always some predators that have adapted to eat poisonous mushrooms and other potential food sources as with the Monarch and Milkweed.


  4. NJUrbanForest says:

    I’ve never seen a mushroom like this. Great picture.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    It’s getting to be that time of year… lovely find, Steve.

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  6. Minna says:

    Nice! Great color combination and compostition ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Adele Brand says:

    Lovely fungi photo! Very nice composition.


  8. Entoloma quadratum really rolls off the tongue well. Such a beautifully coloured shroom and contrasting beautifully with all that green. Very nice, Steve! The shroom looks like it has been peppered.

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    • Thanks, Pete. That’s funny. Latin binomials are often tongue twisters. ๐Ÿ™‚ The field guide I used to identify this also showed spots on the mushroom so I guess it is typical. I doubt anyone added seasoning to this toxic shroom. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Leya says:

    Fascinating colour and shape.

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  10. Ann Mackay says:

    Nice combination of colours!

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  11. bluebrightly says:

    This is so beautifully rendered – the light the colors, the focus – wow. The dots are icing on the cake.

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