I found this black mushroom growing on the side of my driveway. There were three of them. This one was a pretty good size, but not the biggest one. This was about 3 1/2 inches across the top. I have no idea what type of mushroom it is. If anyone knows, please let me know. I have never seen one like this in my life before….and that’s a pretty long time. :)) It was a magic moment for me finding this and so that’s how it got it’s title.
Taken in my yard in Amherst, Virginia, USA with my Canon Powershot SX110 iS on a macro setting. As is…nothing at all done to it. :))

Special thanks to Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters for letting me know what type of mushroom this is!!


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Strobilomyces strobilaceus, also called Strobilomyces floccopus and commonly known as Old Man of the Woods, is a species of fungus in the Boletaceae family. It is native to Europe and North America. Fruit bodies are characterized by very soft dark grey to black pyramidal and overlapping scales on the cap surface.

Taxonomy and naming
Strobilomyces strobilaceus is classified in the section Strobilomyces of the genus Strobilomyces. Species in this section are characterized by having spores that may be either smooth or with short spines or warts, ridges or reticulations. It was first described scientifically by the Italian naturalist Giovanni Antonio Scopoli in 1770.

The caps of the fruit bodies are between 1.6 to 3.9 inches wide, with a convex shape and a villous, involute margin. The cap surface is covered with dark grey to black erect scales. The stem is up to 5.5 inches long and 0.8 inches thick. It is colored like the cap and has a wolly surface and a thick, ascending annulus. The pores on the underside of the cap are hexagonal, colored dirty white or grey. The flesh is thick and initially white, but will stain pink and then slate grey and black after exposure to the air.

Habitat and distribution
S. strobilaceus is found solitary or in groups in deciduous as well as coniferous forests in low mountain ranges and alpine areas of Europe and North America. It is less common in lowlands. The fungus appears between August and October and young specimens are edible.


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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp12 months ago

    Wonderful work

  • Thanks so much Larry!

    – Ginny York

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moro12 months ago

    20th July

  • Thank you Maria!

    – Ginny York

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teague12 months ago

    WOW Ginny. A black mushroom! Never seen one before either. Amazing. Fave.

  • I know….my first time seeing one….well three. :)) Kind of pretty in a strange way. :)) Thanks for the fav Elaine!!

    – Ginny York

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...12 months ago

    wooowhooooooooooo!!! Old Man Of the Woods! A GREAT edible fungi….you’ll notice that it’s spongey underneath instead of gilled. Superb mushroom find!

  • Wow! Is that the name of it….Old Man Of The Woods…?? And it’s edible??? Wow! I knew you would know what this was Carla!!!! You are the Queen of the Mushrooms! :)) I did notice that underneath was not gilled like most of them are. I’m not sure I want to eat it though. lol Thanks so much for adding it to your favorites!!!

    – Ginny York

  • Rusty Katchmer
    Rusty Katchmer12 months ago

    Wonderful capture….These dark mushrooms are not easy to get a good shot of…well done!

  • Thanks so much Rusty! You are right about that. I must have taken 20 shots of them to get one that looked like it did out there. I tried a few with the flash, but it changed the coloring to much lighter.

    – Ginny York

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEM12 months ago

    Wow fantastic shroom

  • Pretty wild huh? :)) Thanks Angel!!!

    – Ginny York

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarus12 months ago

    Super fantastic work!!
    Deb, your host
    July 21, 2013

  • Thank you so much for the feature Deb! I’m so glad you like it that much!

    – Ginny York

  • – Ginny York

  • Julie  White
    Julie White12 months ago

    Outstanding capture and find Ginny.

  • Julie ~ Thanks so much for the great comment and for the fav!! :))

    – Ginny York

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you Pops!

    – Ginny York

  • – Ginny York

  • peaky40
    peaky4012 months ago

    Wonderful find and capture Ginny!

  • Thanks so much Roy for adding this to your favorites! I have never seen or heard of one of these before! Now I’ll be looking for them. ;))

    – Ginny York

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