Oct 31 2011
Happy Halloween! Here’s a selection of witchy things to celebrate the day.
Witches hat mushroom (Hygrophorus conicus) is common in the forest at this time of year. (photo by Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, from Bugwood.org)
Witch-hazel trees are blooming now in Schenley Park. (photo by Kate St. John)
The gelatinous fruiting body of Witches Butter fungus (Tremella mesenterica) feels greasy or slimy when damp. Eeeewwwww! (photo by Gerald Holmes, Valent USA Corporation, Bugwood.org)
Witches brooms in hackberry trees are ugly but don’t kill the tree. They’re so common in hackberries that I use them as a clue to identify the tree in winter. (photo by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org)
(photo credits embedded above)