Oct 31 2011

Witchy Things

Published by at 7:20 am under Books & Events,Plants,Schenley Park

Happy Halloween!   Here’s a selection of witchy things to celebrate the day.

Witches hat mushroom (Hygrophorus conicus) (photo by Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, from Bugwood.org), common in the forest at this time of year.


Witch-hazel trees are blooming now in Schenley Park (photo by Dianne Machesney).


Witches Butter fungus (Tremella mesenterica) (photo by Gerald Holmes, Valent USA Corporation, Bugwood.org).  Its gelatinous fruiting body feels greasy or slimy when damp.  Eeeewwwww!


Witches brooms in a hackberry tree (photo by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org).  Witches brooms 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.

(see photo credits above)

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2 Responses to “Witchy Things”

  1. Marianneon 31 Oct 2011 at 8:36 am

    Witches Butter fungus! Thanks!

    That must be what grows on a small old log that I keep at the bottom of the door going into my fenced garden! It closes up a space that baby bunnies could get through.

    The Witches Butter fungus comes and goes depending on how much rain we have had.

  2. Kathyon 31 Oct 2011 at 8:55 am

    How interesting! Thanks, Kate.

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