Odd South Dakota Mushrooms

South Dakota is home to a huge variety of mushrooms, some are delicious and some painfully deadly! This page lists only mushrooms that do not fit into the other four categories of my mushroom logbook. If you want to identify other types of mushrooms such as spherical mushrooms, mushrooms with gills, shelf mushrooms, etc. please start on the main mycology page:


Auricularia auricula – Commonly known as “wood ear”. This mushroom is one of my FAVORITE mushrooms to forage. It’s weird. It’s translucent. It looks like an ear (sometimes). One hiking trail is absolutely covered in A. Auricula during wet weeks. Aside from that, I have only found it in two other locations near Sioux Falls.

This mushroom is used for texture as the taste is pretty, hmmm, non existent. I add it to Asian and Indian stirfries after boiling it for a few minutes. I have even found this mushroom while there was still snow on the ground! Check out my YouTube video of it here:


Clavicorona Pyxidata – This mushroom grows all over Sioux Falls, SD after rainstorms. I have found it near four separate hiking trails. Spore print was white and surprisingly easy to obtain. Grows on wood and is edible but I haven’t tried it yet due to other coral mushroom species being toxic.


Crucibulum Laeve – what a kick-ass little mushroom! There are a few different species of the “bird’s nest fungus” but, so far, this is the only group of them that I have encountered near Sioux Falls, SD. Photos taken August 2022 while lost in a small forest.


Hydnellum Aurantiacum – This mushroom has a velvety cap with spore-bearing teeth. The mushroom envelopes surrounding debris as it grows. It lives in a mycorrhizal relationship with surrounding trees. Found late August 2022 at Tuthill Park, Sioux Falls, SD.


Sarcoscypha Coccinea – Common name is “scarlet cup”. Edible! The photos above were taken in western MN 2021 while the ground was still frozen solid.

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