Not What You Think: Making merry with Silver Lake mushrooms

Name that mushroom / Photo by Diane Edwardson

For many, Christmas trees and bright lights are the signs of the holiday season. But in a shady section of Silver Lake,  Christmas is heralded by the the sprouting of all forms of mushrooms.  This year’s Christmas Fungus Frenzy, as chronicled by Silver Lake blogger Diane Edwardson, includes a golden mushroom (pictured at top) that was found near Corralitas Drive. What kind of mushroom is it?   Edwardson and her fellow funghi followers are stumped. Said Edwardson:

The tops spanned 4-6″ across.  We’d never seen another mushroom like these in the neighborhood.

And these folks have seen a lot  of mushrooms, which Edwardson has photographed this holiday season. (And don’t miss images of the Holiday Hawk).


  1. A sulfur shelf mushroom?

  2. They look like Chanterelles to me.. but I would never try to identify them as certain since I’m not a mycologist and it is extremely dangerous to assume what a mushroom is unless you are qualified to do so.

  3. That’s why we warn people, DO NOT eat any plant you find in the Red Car Property neighborhood without first doing your own research. There are links to some of the more respected mushroom websites on the Red Car Property blog.

  4. My sister the amateur mushroom hunter says…To identify this mushroom it would be helpful to have photos of the underside, possibly a cross section including what grows underground, plus a spore print. This information could be passed onto one of the larger mycology sites for a positive identification or at least a better guess.

    There are old mushroom hunters and bold mushroom hunters but there are no old bold mushroom hunters. NEVER eat any fungi without a positive identification and even then people have individual sensitivities.

  5. It looks like a jack o’lantern to me which is somewhat poisonous. People somehow mistake them for chanterelles but I’ll never figure out how. They feel completely different and grow in clusters like this usually on dead hardwood.

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