Jack O'Lantern mushrooms (Omphalotus illudens)
A fresh young cluster of Jack O'Lantern mushrooms (Omphalotus illudens, aka Omphalotus olearius) growing from a rotting stump. In the Eastern US, fruits from July - November. Species is bioluminescent (gills glow an eerie green when eyes adjust to darkness). Poisonous. Sometimes mistaken with the edible orange Chanterelle species, due to the color and superficial appearance of growing from the ground. Poisonous.
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