For those who dare—meet the Bay Area’s spookiest plants (and two freaky fungi).
All about mushrooms.
“Xayviish has far more personality than any grocery-store mushroom,” writes Sara Calvosa Olson, a Karuk tribal member. “It’s a meaty but delicate time machine, whisking your spirit back to your gathering place.”
Bits of DNA linger on the forest floor, in the ocean, and even in the air—and these strands have stories to tell, back at the lab. Here’s how environmental DNA (aka ‘eDNA’) is starting to transform how ecologists work in the Bay Area and beyond.
This formidable fungus has been traveling up and down the California coast as a Monterey-cypress groupie. But how does it follow its favorite tree?
Clathrus ruber looks more like an errant pickleball than a traditional toadstool, and it is born from an egg, which some people say tastes like radish. It’s a flashy European transplant now at home in California, worth learning on your next winter fungus foray.
Eucalyptus trees on Albany Hill are wasting away from blight. Some people may cheer—but these trees are also home to endangered monarchs.
A naturalist on the “flowers of winter”
Do mushrooms require a certain kind of substrate?
What are some the biological consequences of climate change in Northern California?
They’re one of the most sought-after edible mushrooms in the world. At least 10 species live in the Bay Area.