Desert Shaggy Mane

Podaxis pistillaris

Podaxis pistillaris photo by Michael Plagens

Photographed in Phoenix, Maricopa Co., Arizona. Nov 12, 2006. The full resolution image is available at Wikimedia.

This is probably the most common mushroom in the Sonoran Desert. It is found in desert environments world wide. The fruiting body appears above ground upon a woody stem within a few days after a soaking rain usually during the cooler seasons. It is fibrous and woody and the cap remains closed down around the gills and spores, presumably to protect them from desiccation.

Agaricaceae -- A Mushroom Family

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updated 7 Feb. 2020.