The “Jack O’Lantern” mushroom species is fairly easy to identify because it grows in clusters on wood and its colors are unmistakably bright orange with its gills often running down the stem.  Its flesh, when sliced open, is orange as well (my fingers were stained for awhile after handling them).  It is a common fall mushroom east of the Rocky Mountains, and is frequently found in urban settings, sprouting from and around dead hardwood trees and stumps (we can attest to this because two large trees in our back yard were cut down a few months ago).


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