19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Volvariella Bombycina or Straw Rosegill

This Volvariella Bombycina or "Straw Rosegill" is the first of its kind that I have seen in my hiking. The mushroom emerges from the ground in the vulva - a sac like component. As the mushroom matures, it breaks through the vulva almost like a soft egg hatching. Its cap is silky (or fuzzy) and white, the gills are free and turn pinkish as they age. This mushrooms grows on the dead stumps of trees.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2021
Date Uploaded: 08.2021
Photo Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America
Camera: iPhone SE (1st generation)
Copyright: © Christina Betanzos Pint