All posts tagged “forests

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Domesticated Ramps

I hobbled out this morning to the forested bit we have in the back of our yard to see if my ramps survived. For those who are unfamiliar with ramps, they are Allium tricoccum. Ramps are a species of wild onion, sometimes called wild leeks.… Read More

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Walk in the Forest

Today I met up with my friends Robin and Jamie for a walk in the woods looking for oyster mushrooms. Oysters almost always fruit right around this time, but this year with the long drawn-out winter, some things are late. We found a couple trees… Read More

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Indian Pipe

Monotropa uniflora is commonly called Indian Pipe. It’s one of the most unusual plants in the forest because it contains no chlorophyll. Instead it derives nutrients from fungi that in turn derive nutrients from trees – it’s a fascinating 3-way relationship. There was plenty of… Read More

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Dryad’s Saddle

After I posted about oyster mushrooms the other day, someone asked me if there were any other mushrooms I might mistake for oyster mushrooms. In Southern Ontario this time of year, there isn’t much around that might cause confusion (although I say that, I also… Read More

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A Prediction I Like

The Weather Network has predicted normal summer temperatures this year, but in the Toronto area, higher than normal precipitation. This is good news for the amateur mycologists in the crowd. Last season started off well enough with plenty of morels and plenty of oysters but… Read More