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  2. Dave, They look to me to be immature Lions mane. The ones I grow start out looking very much like that, and are sometimes slightly pinkish too.
  3. Looking at photos of "Pom-Pom Mushrooms" --ie. cultivated versions of Hericium, presumably Lion's Mane-- some look a lot like the white blobs pictured in this thread. So, I think the photos seen here are likely Hericium erinaceus. But, why do we not see photos in field guides of such white blobs that lack the long spines? I can think of two possibilities. 1. The white blobs represent a brief button stage of H. erinaceus, immature fruit bodies that have not yet developed the long spines. 2. The cultivated version of H. erinaceus is somehow different from the wild version, maybe a genetic mutation that does not change the genome enough for the DNA data to register at the level of different species? Perhaps what people are finding are fruitings of the cultivated version that have "escaped" into the wild. For many years it was said that the wild mushroom species Flammulina velutipes --with caramel-colored caps and stalks usually dark/velvety on the lower portions-- was the same species as the cultivated Enoki/Enokitake which looks like clusters of pure white bean sprouts with small caps. Even the ITS region of DNA (often called the genetic "barcode" for fungal species) for these two types of mushrooms are the same (or at least close enough to be regarded as the same species). However, data derived from other areas of the genome suggest these two types of mushroom --with vastly different appearances-- are in fact to be regarded as distinct species. The name now proposed for the cultivated Enoki is Flammulina filiformis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flammulina_filiformis . Perhaps something similar has happened with Hericium erinaceus?
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  5. I was looking for answers since I’ve never seen foraging guides have lions manes pictured without the teeth but this one did not have them. iNaturalist gave lions mane. The one on the log and the one next to the ruler are different ones from the same log. I’m also located in Memphis
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  7. Almost certainly a species from the Tubaria furfuracea group; common during periods of mild weather in winter. They are found on mulch, wood chips, lawns (probably from buried material), and small forest litter. The caps start out brown but fade to nearly white when they lose moisture. Spore print is yellowish.
  8. Coming up now in the hardwood mulch in my flower bed. Thought I’d get a pic before the snow starts tomorrow.
  9. If anyone happens to be in south central PA and is interested, I’m presenting a talk on mushroom cultivation to the Somerset County Conservancy at noon. I will focus on oyster and wine caps, getting into lions mane if time allows. Will have enough materials along that 35 people can build their own oyster bags
  10. Johnny,I’m not surprised that the Pholiota species failed. Those both are much more slow growing than oysters and lions mane.
  11. I've never seen any spawn for this mushroom for sale. Since it grows on dead wood, it might be relatively easy to culture; but you would need spores at least to grow it. It is pretty common here in the Pacific Northwest, but not so much in the Midwest. A good source of location information is iNaturalist, which shows a fair number of locations in Wisconsin, but not much in the rest of the Midwest. If you live anywhere near a location where it is found, you could look for it in the fall and collect specimens. I've found it growing on rather skinny dead branches; so it would be possible to cut off a piece of wood with growth on it and use that to start a culture.
  12. Appreciate the info. Just doing my best to get some feed back.
  13. Agreed, not C. violaceus. The base of the stem is distinctly bulbous marginate, quite unlike violaceus. The texture of the cap surface is different too. C. violaceus is quite easy to recognise. But there are a lot of other purplish Corts that are hard to distinguish from each other. The habitat and geographical region, whether the cap and/or the stem is viscid (slimy), the shape of the stem base, and the colour of the context (flesh inside) of both the cap and stem are important for identification.
  14. Hello everyone! Want to try growing pseudohydnum gelatinosum, but can't find anywhere online to get something to start. Anyone know where I could find a print, culture, or fruit?
  15. Welcome from Iberia Parish I just signed the family up as members of www.gsmyco.org. We’re looking forward to this year’s upcoming forays. I believe they also have a Facebook page
  16. Hi, new here. My husband and I hunt and eat meat off our land and grow our own veggies and fruits. We do not know the differences in mushrooms on our property and wanting to learn more. We want to get involved in a bit of foraging with others more knowledgeable than ourselves. Any help is appreciated. Any help is appreciated
  17. Sorry to hear this. The only Canadian company I have dealt with is Grow Mushrooms Canada. They are based on Vancouver Island. Always had good service from them.
  18. I am about to try growing mushrooms for the first time. I ordered a syringe of mycelium which arrived just fine. I then ordered from a different supplier a spawn bag of grain and 2 bags of substrate mix from an Ontario website called "Fungiforyou". Their only payment method is email transfer, so I sent $91 to liam@fungiforyou.ca on Dec 7/2023. I received a confirmation and order number and everything looked legitimate. On Dec 19/23 I asked for a waybill and shipper info but received no response. On Dec 21/23 I repeated my request, also stateing that I hoped their website isn't a scam. Kenny Amaya responded that day, saying that their site is not a scam, they have been busy and my order will be shipped out on Dec 22/23 in the morning. On dec 28/23 and Jan 9/24 I again asked for shipping info, with no response both times. On Jan 17/24 I asked for a refund if they hadn't shipped yet or shipping info if they had already shipped, but again no response. Jan 23/24 I emailed "kenny@fungiforyou.ca" stating refund my money today or I will report you to the authorities, but again no response. Jan 25/24 I sent the following message to liam@fungiforyou.ca; "December 7/23 this order was placed and you received my $91. On Dec 21/23 Kenny Amaya emailed that it would be sent out Dec 22/23. I have not received it and Kenny Amaya has not returned my messages since then. I can not wait any longer so could you please refund my $91. Thank you". Again, no response since Dec 21/23. It would appear that Fungiforyou is a scam. Has anyone had any dealings with these people? thanks
  19. Cortinarius sp, not violaceus
  20. Even with a dozen books you will likely find mushrooms not documented in any of the books. You could try creating a post on either Mushroom Observer or iNaturalist. These sites have lots of participants from all over the world. I see the latex (liquid) on the gills is white. Did it change to another color after being exposed to the air? Also, nibble/taste/spit is safe to do with milk mushrooms, in order to asses the taste. This sometimes a useful ID feature for these type mushrooms. Have some water on hand to rinse. Some of these species have an unpleasant hot/bitter/acrid taste.
  21. There are some California Agaricus species than are toxic. I don't know the species ID for the ones seen in this discussion. Agaricus species are many and tricky, many are regionally based. Here's a link to a page that contains a good cross-section of CA Agaricus species. https://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/species_index.html#1_2
  22. Thanks Dave. I have two books but they don't have everything I find in it.
  23. Large agaricus with a fixed vail and choclate brown spores in oak wood chips. I am just trying to learn. I am not hungry.
  24. I don't know the Lactarius/Lactifluus species of CA. But, yours is one of these two genera. Lactifluus is a recent "split-off" genus of Lactarius. One useful ID feature seen is the scrobiculate stem surface, ie. marked by shallow potholes.
  25. Possibly an old waterlogged Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus). More information and/or photos showing additional features would help.
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