Mushrooms of New York

Mushrooms of New York (April thru August 2023)

Fungi Kingdom



I had a great time exploring mushrooms this year! Not so much for eating, but to start to learn about them and to draw them. Spoiler Alert: Mushrooms are FASCINATING. I discovered that developing Amanitas remind me of Russian nesting dolls.



Luke Sarrantonio (a brilliant, local fungi education, foraging, and cultivation consultant) has been guiding me to the best secret mushroom hideouts and teaching me about how mushrooms grow and develop once they are above ground. I ran out of space on my first painting in July, so I started a second painting to showcase the mushrooms in New York from August – November. (Find Luke on Instagram @mycophilicorganism)


Mushrooms of New York April-August 2023 by Wendy Hollender (Buy it here)


Fungi depicted in this Family Portrait:

American Blusher (Amanita flavorubens)
Yellow Patch Amanita (Amanita flavoconia)
Destroying Angel (Amanita bisporigera)
American Caesar (Amanita jacksonii)
Gemmed Amanita (Amanita gemmata)
Red-Mouth Bolete (Boletus subluridelius)
Golden Chanterell (Cantharellus flavus)
Dryad’s Saddle (Ceriporus squamosus)
Bird’s Nest (Crucibulum laeve)
Bog Bell (Galerina paludosa)
Rubber Cup (Galiella rufa)
Ghost Amanita (Hypomyces hyalinus)
Milk Caps (Lactifluus hygrophoroides)
Pink Fringed Fairy Cup (Microstoma floccosum)
Swamp Beacon (Mitrula elegans)
Yellow Morel (Morchella americana)
Hexagonal Polypore (Neofavolus alveolaris)
Smoked Oysterling (Resupinatus applicatus)
Purple-bloom Russula (Russula mariae)
Stalked Scarlett Cup (Sarcoscypha occidentalis)
Old Man of the Woods (Strobilomyces strobilaceus)
Wine Cap (Stropharia rugoso-annulata)
Bitter Bolete (Tylopilus felleus)
Dead Man’s Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha)


My goal with this series of Plant Family Portraits is to deepen people’s awareness of plants and gain an understanding of plant details to help combat “Plant Blindness.” An appreciation for biodiversity is an important part of our wellbeing. May we all delight in nature’s fascinating architecture and colors, appreciate our environment, and how precious it is to protect.

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