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  2. Top, could be one of many russula sp. Any smell, taste, brusing info?
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  4. Found under pine trees Jelly top.. brown, clusters..on lawn near pine tree but don't think it's as necessary as the previous brown mushys.
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  6. This is such good information, thank you Dave!
  7. Lol, yes indeed, I am still alive. I blanched them in boiling water (obviously) for a good 5 minutes and they turned a bit slimy (which confirms the armillaria aspect of it). Then pan fried them and they remained astonishing firm. Not firm firm, but they kept a certain mouthfeel. I couldn't taste them though because I lot smell this week due to having caught Covid... My partner says they don't taste like much (and she was not sick). Made a mushroom broth with the stems which turned out nice. So there you go. Today I found 3 other species in the garden, so back to the books...
  8. I found the same ones today under a tree few feet from the road grown together pretty neat
  9. I think it may be a good idea to refrain from consuming wild mushrooms that you are not really familiar with while hiking the AT in a remote area. Even if you simply have a bout of minor indigestion, it could be scary when you're miles away from help.
  10. Brown print, no purple overtones, supports these being either Agrocybe or Pholiota. I think the former makes more sense, given the habitat. Pholiota mushrooms tend to fruit most often in forest settings. Species? Assuming we could definitively settle on genus Agrocybe --which should include some analysis via microscope-- then pinpointing a species may be impossible without DNA sequencing. And even with a list of DNA matches, there still may be some doubt... because there are DNA sequences stored in GenBank that are incorrectly labled. Check out Michael Kuo's comments on Agrocybe praecox. It's possible this name has traditionally been applied to more than one taxon. https://www.mushroomexpert.com/agrocybe_praecox.html .
  11. I have some more photos, does this help narrow down the species at all?
  12. Thanks! I boiled a couple smaller ones and made mushroom broth. Made me feel pretty weird or maybe it's something else just hitting me at the same time. I have been hiking in the woods for a week drinking spring water, eating dried foods and getting bit up. You are the man! Always there to help me learn. Glad they are what I thought they are. Maybe I am allergic or something. I went back and some of the new ones did have a stem and I found them on another Hemlock nearby and those had stems. So I guess it just depends how they form.
  13. Yes, a "Varnished Ganoderma", Reishi. The tree bark looks like hemlock. So, I think they're Ganoderma tsugae. The presence/length of a stalk varies for this species. Somem people report that the very young buttons are edible, ie. before the fruit body develops the shiny brownish finish and becomes very tough. I haven't tried them. The ones seen here are too old to consume like that. But, they look to be at the right stage for making tea or tincture. You can slice the fruit body into 1/4-1/2 inch thick slices and dehydrate in a dehydrator, or hang on string/monofilament in a south-facing window. An attic window works well. Air-drying takes longer than a dehydrator, probably 2 days or more. Do nor air-dry in shade. Air-dry mushrooms in the sun. I have used a tincture of G. tsugae; a few drops in water of a cup of tea and you hardly know it's there. But, I don't like the tea. It's bitter and tends to cause minor indigestion for me.
  14. Probably a species of Agrocybe. More info would be necessary for aa more confident ID... spore print color, view of the gills, any staining (color change). There are a few species of Agrocybe that tend to fruit during spring.
  15. Doesn't really have the stem I see on tsugae so I am not sure. It says there are no poisonous lookalikes so should be edible and possibly medicinal?
  16. These are sturdy, rubbery, strong stringy stems, durable cortina, growing in this tight cluster .... coastal ME ... any thoughts?
  17. Ganoderma tsugae? I am on the A.T. in PA. Found these at the tippy top of the mountain. Very glossy varnished appearance with a white underside. Top brown, red, orange and then yellow from the tree. Is this Hemlock Reishi? The tree was super dead.
  18. Glad you're alive mate! They do look kinda good after being washed.
  19. Thanks a lot Dave! I did notice that there were different species coming up the next day. I don't really eat wild mushrooms often so no harm no foul. Only easy to identify ones.
  20. I think I just found my first ever fresh Reishi Mushrooms! Can I sun dry or air dry them? Can they be eaten fresh or only dried or used as tea? Thoughts please and thank you.
  21. It looks like a little hat. I am in Eastern/Central PA at the top of a mountain after some rain. I can do a spore print if these are interesting or hard to identify.
  22. Welcome from South Louisiana Look forward to seeing what type of fungi Australia holds.
  23. Agreed, Agrocybe. There are probably more than one species going n=by the name A. praecox.
  24. Definitely not Marasmius oreades, which has non-decurrent gills that are not as closely spaced as the ones seen here. Here's another suggestion, Clitocybe fragrans. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitocybe_fragrans https://mushroomobserver.org/435055?q=1pt1o
  25. Deadheaded, please repost this in the newly created topic "Florida Polypore". I just created the topis here in "Identifying Mushrooms" topic. We try to avoid discussing more than one type mushroom per discussion. Otherwise things get confusing.
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