Introduction to Fall Mushrooms
by Michael W. Beug Email: email@example.com
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
Omphalotus illudens or Omphalotus olearius, The Jack-O-Lantern, has sometimes been mistaken for a yellow chanterelle. This slide is by John McGregor. Sharp-edged gills distinguish Omphalotus illudens and the other similar species in the Omphalotus complex. They grow in clusters on wood or buried wood and when fresh, can be bioluminescent, glowing an eerie green in the dark. All members of the Omphalotus genus are considered poisonous, capable of causing serious gastrointestinal distress, sometimes with slow recovery.