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JUN. 30, 2014

Many Many Mushrooms

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Krista White, In-Camp Program Manager

Recently during a game of counselor hunt I had the opportunity to sit quietly deep in the woods under a rhododendron. While waiting for the cabins of campers to discover me I discovered tiny mushrooms growing on the branches around me.

Transylvania county receives on average about 80” of rainfall a year, about twice the national average, making it an excellent climate for mushrooms. We take advantage of that by growing our own shitake mushrooms on logs that we prepped by soaking and drilling in spore plugs.


That set me to thinking about all of the other amazing mushrooms that we have growing here on campus. I took a 30 minute stroll around camp keeping my eyes open for mushrooms and this is what I found. My original mushrooms were some species of mycenoid mushroom.

mycenoid mush

I also found all of these:

Caesar's Amanita

Caesar’s Amanita (Amanita caesarea)


Bloodfoot Mushroom (Mycena haematopus)

Indian pipe

Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

Tumbling Puffball

Tumbling Puffball (Boista pila)

Recurved cup

Recurved Cup (Peziza repanda)


Yellow Cracked Bolete (xerocomus subtometosus)


Emetic Russula (Russula emetic)


Canaary Trich (tricholoma flavoirens)

Opening up my eyes to all of the amazing and plentiful mushrooms are just one of the ways I like to connect with nature here at Eagle’s Nest Camp.