Mycology – South Dakota

A mushroom almost as big as my baby boy!

South Dakota has one of the LARGEST mycology clubs in the world! If you like to hunt mushrooms then come on down to the state that took a perfectly beautiful mountain and blew it up with TNT so we could all stare at a bunch of dead people’s faces. That’s right folks! Who needs the pacific north west when you can battle mosquitoes the size of small birds just to find half-dried up mushrooms on those rainy weeks that happen about twice a year!?

Chicken of the Woods!

Ya, I lied. South Dakota doesn’t have a mycology club unless you consider me and my two boys a “club”. We mostly study mushrooms for foraging purposes so if you want more details on local edible varieties check here: South Dakota Foraging. However! This page serves as a place to document some of the crazy mushroom varieties we have found while hunting near Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas.

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I AM NOT A MYCOLOGIST! Mushrooms on this page may be incorrectly identified. NEVER eat wild mushrooms.
I recommend mushroomexpert.com for a far better identification process.


Phallus Impudicus – Stink horn mushroom! They smell like a rotting animal corpse.


Coprinus Micaceus – Originally mis-identified as an ink cap. Took a spore print and noted the dark reddish-brown spores. Found all over the Sioux Falls neighborhood growing near stumps from removed ash trees. Finally ate some and it was very bland.


Auricularia Auricula – commonly called “wood ear” or “tree ear”. I have a secret location with hundreds of flushes during late summer rains. These are awesome in oriental soups!


Trametes versicolor – commonly called “turkey tail”. Usually I can find the same log covered in these all year long.


Ramaria Invalii? – stated to grow under coniferous litter like western hemlocks. This was found in a broad leaf forest.


Sarcoscypha Coccinea – Common name is “scarlet cup”. Edible! Found in winter or early spring along hiking trails in the woods.


Coprinus Comatus – common name “shaggy cap”. LOW CONFIDENCE on identification which was based off my old photos. These grow in our backyard after a few days of rain.


Lycoperdon PyriformeEdible. High chance of misidentification. I need to take samples and a spore print next time I find a log like this!


Marasmius OreadesDELICIOUS! Commonly called the fairy ring mushroom. ID not verified so I did not eat any. This has a few toxic look-alikes.


Unknown – Found these tiny mushrooms growing in woodpecker holes on a dead tree stump in late summer 2021.


PLEASE HELP – These things are ENORMOUS! I can’t find any information in either of my mushroom books but I would love to know what they are!


Unknown Mushroom – These are huge and growing all over at a deciduous park on the East side of Sioux Falls.


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