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Jack O’Lantern Mushroom

Omphalotus illudens


These beauties just about jumped out and kissed my son and I as we went for our evening walk. The bright orange color on the first day of October could not have been more fitting! What was more exciting, these fungi grow in clusters and get relatively large so they are hard to miss, mostly due to their bright orange hue. I wanted to keep taking pictures, but there are only so many angles to a mushroom. These caps were 3-4 “ circumference (8-10 cm), stem length 1-2” (3-5 cm), stem circumference 1.5” abt. 4cm). We were so glad we happened upon these and get to share them with all of you.


Found east of the Rocky Mountains, USA. Fairly easy to identify due to bright orange color, are frequently found in urban settings, grow in clusters on wood, stumps and dead wood.


These mushrooms grow in clusters, gills run down the spine, inside flesh color is orange or orangish, it has a white to pale yellow spore print. The jack o’lantern mushroom is sometimes confused with the chanterelles, especially when growing terrestrially rather than from wood.

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1 Comment

April14 3 years ago

The spotting for these mushrooms location is In Tennessee, USA. I have no idea why the location says I was in some Asian Islands. I would love to travel the world someday, but I doubt I would find these fungi on an Island! There would be much more exotic foliage.

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མངའ་རིས་ས་ཁུལ་ / 阿里地区 / Ngari, 西藏自治区, Paracel Islands

Spotted on Oct 1, 2018
Submitted on Oct 3, 2018

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