What they Grow on

There are many different subjects that mosses, lichens and fungi find to grow on. There are specialists that need certain substrates. Many live on living trees, some on those that are decaying. Others manage to live on solid rock and some that have to seek out pine cones.

Strobilurus trullisatus. This mushroom is one of the group that finds it home on conifer cones.


Auriscalpium vulgare. Vulgare means common and Auriscalpium is Latin for 'ear pick" which gives this cone living mushroom its common name. Ear Pick mushroom.


Discina perlata, Pigs Ears, is the common name for another mushroom that will grow on conifer debris, rotting wood and needle covered soil.


Pseudohydnum gelatinosum. This different looking mushroom is found on conifer wood or on wood debris in conifer forests.

Pseudohydnum gelatinosum, with the common name of Toothed Jelly Fungus. This is an older plant growing on the side of a conifer tree covered with moss.
Heterotextus luteus. This is one of the many jelly fungi that grows on dead trees.
Heterotextus alpinus, Another jelly fungus, also growing on parts of a dead tree.
Dacrymyces palmatus, Orange Jelly, this fungus only grows on conifer logs which can be buried in the forest floor debris.
Pseudoplectania vogesiaca. This strange loking fungi is one more that grows on dead wood, many times covered with moss.
Nidula niveotomentosa, a very unique fungus, resembling birds nests which gives it its common name. They grow on dead wood, usually small twig size. The spores are dispersed by rain.
Crabseye Lichen, Ochrolechia Oregonensis. Grows on the bark of cone-bearing trees
Peppermin Drop lichen. Icmadophila ericetorum. Growing on a rotting log in a rain forest.
Candlesnuff fungus, Xylaria hypoxylon. A strange fungus with branching tongues that grow on dead deciduous wood.
Artist Conk, Ganoderma applanatum, is not as common as other conks, but has the same love for trees, decaying or live. They can also live for 40 years or longer..
Pilophorus acicularis, with an intrguing name of Devil's matchstick. This lichen grows directly on silicate rocks in dense clusters.

There are many lichens that find that their niche in the hard baren surface of rocks. Lecidea lapicida, is the Gray-orange Disk Lichen and occurs on rock such as basalt and granite.

Xanthoparmelia cumberlandia, is another rock lover.