Mushrooms of Greenwood Cemetery



A Preliminary Checklist of Mushrooms…..

About 70 fungi out of hundreds likely to be here!

[Names are primarily those used in The Audubon Guide to North American Mushrooms] [Lincoff]


Classification Outline:


         Discomycetes (cup fungi)

         Pyrenomycetes (flask fungi)

         Lichens (Ascomycetes + algae or cyanobact.)




         Gilled Mushrooms

         Crust & Parchment Fungi

         Puffballs and similar fungi

         Jelly Fungi

         Cyphelloid Fungi (cuplike but Gilled relatives)






                  Annulohypoxylon sp.

                  (Ceratocystis fagacearum – Oak Wilt –

                           found on one oak in GC)

                  Diatrype stigma

                  Hypomyces chrysospermus

                  Nectria cinnabarina

                  Patellaria atrata


                  Cladonia humilis



                  Gyroporus castaneus

                  Suillus luteus

                  Xerocomellus chrysenteron


                  Abortiporus biennis

                  Bjerkandera adusta

                  Bondarzewia berkelyi

                  Fomitopsis spraguei

                  Ganoderma curtisii

                  Globifomes graveolens

                  Gloeophyllum sepiarium

                  Grifola frondosa

                  Irpex lacteus

                  Meripilus sumstinei

                  Phellinus sp.

                  Poronidulus conchifer

                  Trametes gibbosa

                  Trametes hirsuta

                  Trametes versicolor

         Gilled Mushrooms

                  Agaricus campestris

                  Agaricus crocodilinus

                  Agaricus placomyces

                  Agrocybe pediades

                  Amanita crenulata

                  Amanita fulva

                  Amanita muscaria

                  Armillaria mellea complex

                  Chlorophyllum molybdites

                  Clitocybe nuda

                  Clitocybe sp.

                  Coprinus atramentarius

                  Coprinus micaceus

                  Coprinus plicatilis

                  Coprinus variegata

                  Hohenbuehelia sp.

                  Lentinellus ursinus

                  Leucoagaricus naucinus

                  Marasmius oreades

                  Megacollybia rodmani

                  Mycena sp.

                  Oudemansiella radicata complex

                  Panellus stipticus

                  Pholiota sp.

                  Pluteus sp.

                  Psathyrella velutina

                  Resupinatus sp.

                  Russula sp.

                  Schizophyllum commune

         Crust and Parchment Fungi

                  Hydnochaete olivacea

                  Peniphora albobadia

                  Peniophora cinerea

                  Plicaturopsis crispa

                  Stereum complicatum

                  Stereum hirsutum

         Puffballs and similar fungi

                  Calvatia cyathiformis

                  Calvatia gigantea

                  Lycoperdon marginatum

                  Lycoperdon perlatum

                  Scleroderma cepa

                  Scleroderma polyrhizon

         Jelly Fungi

                  Auricularia auricula (americana)

                  Exidia recisa

                  Tremella aurantia (mesenterica)

         Cyphelloid Fungi

                  Merismodes fasciculatus



1 Look for and report pathogenic fungi to GC

2 Help develop the biodiversity of this unique land

3 Put fungi on the map of organisms: they are working hard to make what you see sustainable.

Where to find mushrooms in Greenwood Cemetery

         1 In Lawns

         2 In wood-chip mulch

         3 On downed sticks and branches

         4 About stumps

         5 On living trees

         6 On the ground under trees like oaks

         7 On the ground under pine trees

         8 On other mushrooms


When to find mushrooms in Greenwood Cemetery

         1 Year-round for fungi

         2 April-June for spring mushrooms

         3 June-September for summer mushrooms

         4 September-November for fall mushrooms


Are any Greenwood Cemetery mushrooms edible?

         Given that you should NEVER eat any wild mushroom RAW, and that they need to be thoroughly cooked to be digestible, and given that edible and poisonous mushrooms can look very similar especially to those untrained to identify them, a cemetery is a curious place to be looking for anything edible!

         Given all of the above, there are several good edible mushrooms growing in Greenwood Cemetery, just as there are several poisonous mushrooms.


By all means, enjoy looking for mushrooms here but, please, do not make extra work for the grave-diggers!