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List of U.S. state mushrooms

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Five U.S. states, California, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, and Utah, have officially declared a state mushroom. Minnesota was the first to declare a species; Morchella esculenta was chosen as its state mushroom in 1984, and codified into Statute in 2010.[1] Five other states, Missouri, Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York,[2][3][4] have had state mushrooms proposed.

Current state mushrooms[edit]

State Species Image Year of designation Ref
California Cantharellus californicus A golden colored mushroom among dead leaves and foliage. 2023 [5]
Minnesota Morchella esculenta A brown, sponge-like cap on a white stem, surrounded by dead grass. 2010[nb 1] [6]
Oregon Cantharellus formosus A collection of golden colored mushrooms with irregularly shaped caps on a plate. 1999 [7]
Texas Chorioactis geaster A mushroom that somewhat resembles a dark brown or black cigar before it splits open radially into a starlike arrangement of four to seven leathery rays. 2021 [8]
Utah Boletus edulis A plump mushroom with a brown cap and white stem. 2023 [9]

Proposed state mushrooms[edit]

State Species Image Ref
Massachusetts Calvatia gigantea
Missouri Cantharellus lateritius A large, golden-coloured mushroom with an irregular cap growing from leaflitter [11][12]
New York Lactarius peckii [13]
Vermont Hericium americanum
Bear's head tooth fungus
Washington Tricholoma magnivelare Bulbous white mushrooms on the forest floor [14]
Tricholoma murrillianum Bulbous white mushrooms on the forest floor [15]


  1. ^ Morchella esculenta was chosen as the state mushroom in 1984, but it was not codified until 2010.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Minnesota State Symbols: Minnesota State Mushroom". Minnesota Legislature. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  2. ^ "Bill would designate official fungus for New York State - Hudson Valley One". 2020-03-12. Retrieved 2022-03-08.
  3. ^ "NY State Senate Bill S7045A". NY State Senate. 2020-01-23. Retrieved 2022-03-08.
  4. ^ a b Bos-Lun, Michelle (December 14, 2023). "It's time for a Vermont State Mushroom". VTDigger.
  5. ^ "Governor Newsom Signs Legislation 10.10.23". October 10, 2023. Retrieved October 10, 2023.
  6. ^ "2010 Minnesota Statutes: 1.149 State Mushroom". Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  7. ^ Springhetti, Jim (October 18, 2008). "Chanterelles pop up, the perfect quarry". The Oregonian. Advance Publications. Retrieved June 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "Texas SCR38: Designating the Texas star mushroom as the official State Mushroom of Texas".
  9. ^ "H.B. 92 State Mushroom Designation". Utah State Legislature. 2023. Retrieved August 29, 2023.
  10. ^ Massachusetts Legislature, 192nd Session. S.2060: An Act designating the “Giant Puffball” fungus as the official mushroom of the Commonwealth
  11. ^ "Second Regular Session, House Bill No. 1781, 93rd General Assembly". Missouri House of Representatives. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  12. ^ "First Regular Session, House Bill No. 910, 94th General Assembly". Missouri House of Representatives. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  13. ^ "Senate Bill S7045A". New York State Senate. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  14. ^ "Washington Could Get an Official State Mushroom - Atlas Obscura".
  15. ^ "Will Washington name a state fungi? | The Spokesman-Review".