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Panellus stipticus

Common Name: Luminescent Panellus

Synonyms:

Substrate: Downed Logs

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: Brownish

Comments: 

This little mushroom above is fairly boring until you get to know a bit about it. It grows in little clustered shelves out of the sides of dead logs and has gills on the underside. What makes this an interesting mushroom is that is has bioluminescence – it can glow in the dark.

Look for the slightly fuzzy brown cap surface and that it tends to grow in little clusters. The mushroom is also somewhat tough as compared to similar species of Crepidotus.

Lookalikes:  

Crepidotus species have brown spores and do not have the clustered growth habit.

Pictures:

Panellus stipticus

9/27/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Panellus stipticus

Panellus stipticus

Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN