Alabama Mushroom Society

Mushroom Distribution Maps

These maps are compiled from the county location data reported on our facebook page, as well as from occurrence reports on iNaturalist, Mushroom Observer and Mycoportal. This is our attempt to pull in the distribution data from the hundreds of facebook reports of fungi that never get recorded on any other platform. Whenever possible, please record your fungi sightings on a user friendly site like iNaturalist. This page is a work in progress.

Cantharellus (Chanterelles)

Chanterelles are nearly impossible to ID to species without microscopy at minimum, or often DNA sequencing. We have recorded distribution data on species groups. Nearly all of these groups certainly occur in every county in Alabama, and the counties not highlighted are just gaps in recorded data. If you live in one of the counties not highlighted, take some close up photos of your chanterelles and post them to iNaturalist!

Cantharellus cinnabarinus group

This group includes C. cinnabarinus, C. texensis . . . 

Golden Chanterelles

This group includes everything in the C. lateritius group (the smooth Chanterelles) C. minor, and everything in the C. cibarius group. We also included the one county reporting C. persicinus. Lots of data lacking here.

Grifola frondosa (Hen of the Woods)

A mushroom that tends to do well in more northern climes and has a really brief season in the northern parts of Alabama.

Laetiporus (Chicken of the Woods)

We have two species of Laetiporus documented in Alabama L. cinninatus and L. sulphureus. It is quite possible that we have L. gilbertsonii var. pallidus in the most southern areas of our state, but we do not as of yet have any reliable documentation for it.

Macrocybe Titans

This mushroom has ZERO observations in Alabama on iNaturalist, Mushroom Observer, GBIF or Mycoportal. Despite that fact, we have 13 observations of it documented on Facebook here in Alabama. The largest of which was 2-3 feet tall and had a cap that was 2-3 feet wide and confirmed in person by an AMS Board member! 

Meripilus sumstinei (Black Staining Polypore)

This is another fungus that is limited to the northern two thirds of the state. Most of the unhighlighted counties from the Sumpter to Lee County line probably have this mushroom also, and is just undocumented yet. Look for it in the summer months!

Morchella (Morels)

We have four species of morels recorded in Alabama: M. americana is by far the most common. M. diminutiva is the next most common. M. sceptriformis has only a few observations (and is probably under recorded) and there has only ever been one observation of M. punctipes recorded in Alabama on the listed platforms. Note that there are less than 10 observations of morels in the most southern counties and the majority of morels occur north of the Fall line which is roughly Jefferson County and northward. 

Polyporus umbellatus (Umbrella Polypore)

This is an uncommon mushroom that is mostly likely under reported. As of October 2023 there are only reports of it in 6 counties. It probably in more common in the northern half of Alabama.

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