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  2. Found these interesting mushrooms while doing yard work. Maybe the ID will jump out at someone. I'm new to the forum. Thanks for looking: Habitat: San Diego, South facing under my bbq grill, found growing on a strip of wood. There has been a considerable amount of rain in San Diego the last couple of weeks. Gills: The gills are a brownish orange (Rust like color). The gills are not tightly compact. Stem: The stems are approx. 4 cm long and 0.5 cm wide. Has a cream color with orangeish brown (rust) tint. Cap: The cap is 5 cm wide with conical top. Color is rusty wish a sheen that appears to be blueish. Spore print color: Unable to collect a spore print so far. Will update if I have any luck. Bruising: No discern-able bruising, Other information: The mushrooms are dry to the touch and sturdy. The stem is solid and sturdy.
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  5. I think it’s often one thing preying on another and then coming to “realize” that they can use this other organism to their own advantage. This is the origin of how eukaryotic organisms acquired mitochondria and chlorophyll. They were consumed but gave the host energy so they didn’t kill them.
  6. Dave W

    Identifying help

    If the latex (liquid) is blue, then Lactarius indigo is likely the correct ID. The look-alike species include L paradoxus (latex reddish/purplish) and L. chelidonium (yellowish latex). The mushrooms seen here look like L. indigo to me. The blue gills and blue latex each point toward this species.
  7. Robmushy

    Identifying help

    Bleeds blue when scraped, found in Florida under oak trees and other woods.
  8. The Vault Dweller

    Inquiring Great Minds - Reishi in March??

    The Ganoderma that appear in my region (northwest Pennsylvania) only show up in the first week of June and by the end of the month are discolored and insect-eaten.
  9. Just now trying to catch up with old posts. This lead post here is absolutely one of the most interesting things I've read in recent memory. The implications are far-reaching. Do symbiotic relationships evolve as such? Or are they the result of one organism exploiting another, but then the two organisms eventually find "common existential ground"? A classic example of how new answers create new questions.
  10. Evan

    Harvested Giant Red Reishi

    A picture would make identification easier. As far as medicinal benefits, reishi has been used for centuries to treat many illnesses. Now it is considered to have many preventative health benefits. There was been quite a bit of research done. I made my first reishi tincture over a year ago and haven't used it yet! Haha!! It's not the best tasting stuff in the world.
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  12. Aloha, about a month ago I came across a giant red reishi in the forest while I was hiking it's easily 20 in. long across. It's definitely the biggest mushroom I have ever seen. I am curious if this is even a reishi…. a friend of mine is the one who physically took it off the tree. I was feeling very hestitant on taking it because I knew it was very old and I wasn't sure if taking this mushroom was the best idea. Is it sitting in my friends house and I am eager to process it. But wanted some feedback on other whether this mushroom holds any medicinal benefits considering it is way past its prime. I will try to post photos soon.
  13. I agree; these look like Amanita muscaria flavivolvata, the red-capped western NA version of the "Fly Agaric". The eastern NA version --which has a yellow or orangish cap color-- is called Amanita muscaria guessowii. Interestingly, Amanita researcher Rod Tulloss reports that these two versions do not have significantly different DNA signatures. http://www.amanitaceae.org/?Amanita+muscaria+subsp.+flavivolvata Mushroom Expert does a nice job of describing the key ID features for A. muscaria. http://www.mushroomexpert.com/amanita_muscaria_flavivolvata.html
  14. I found these mushrooms in Santa Cruz California. They caught my eyebwhen i was on a trail run. I went home and tried to research what type they were, and my guess was Amanita Mascaria. However, i wish to see some confirmation on this from some people who are more familiar with mushrooms. Please help me identify these!
  15. Gloom

    New mushroom hunter

    Hello, just moved to Washington state (from the SF bay area), and I'm excited to find all the mushrooms here! I have successfully identified and consumed trametes versicolor a few times and I want to expand my identification capabilities.
  16. Dave W

    Help me identify this mushroom, please.

    Mushroom looks to be a bit past prime and/or somewhat dehydrated. Reminds me of genus Hypholoma, but the habitat suggests Leratiomyces. Maybe L. percevalii...? Need more info. Knowing the spore print color may be useful.
  17. Found this mushroom among some wood chips. In Newcastle, CA
  18. Dave W

    Oysters vs angel wings

    The dark color on the smaller caps seen in the top photo seems a bit unusual for Pleurotus (Oyster Mushrooms). Otherwise, the photos all look like Oysters to me. I don't see any here that look like Pleurocybella porrigens (Angel Wings); a species that grows only on wood of coniferous trees. I think the "thick edge" seen on the smaller ones in these photos is only because the caps are not fully expanded. Angel Wings are thinner and somewhat more fragile than Oysters. Viewed with a microscope (400x), the spores of Pleurocybella are shaped differently than those of Pleurotus.
  19. Bayoufrogg

    Oysters vs angel wings

    I recently found some dead hardwoods in south louisiana with mushrooms growing from them. The mushrooms have decurrent gills, short stems, and grow in a vertical pattern. I started to think i found my first oysters, until i noticed a difference between the larger, thinner mushrooms and the smaller, heartier mushrooms. The biggest difference i notice between the 2 mushrooms is underneath the cap margin. The larger mushroom doesnt have a thick "edge". Its just frayed and fans out with no formal edge underneath. The smaller one almost rolls under and has a rolled edge at the margin. Am i dealing with 2 different types of mushrooms or just oysters in different stages. The first 2 pictures show both. The last 4 pictures show the larger mushroom.
  20. Captain_Infinity

    Some of my favorite pics

  21. flipjargendy

    Hello from California

    Welcome to the forums! Bonny Doon definitely sounds like a made up town. What a name 🙂
  22. Captain_Infinity

    Some of my favorite pics

    Yes! Angel wings...here are a few more.
  23. Old Oak

    Oysters and others

    Nice! We’ve had a few great winter flushes here too. Always a treat. I made this marinated mushroom recipe with mine And they turned out fantastic. https://honest-food.net/italian-marinated-mushrooms-recipe/
  24. vitog


    Assuming that these are a saprobic type of morel, they probably won't fruit again, at least not in the same area where they have used up the available nutrients. If there is a lot of mulch around, they may spread to and fruit in another area that has not been colonized yet. Another possibility: they may fruit again if you add some more of the same kind of mulch that they are already growing in.
  25. diana

    No idea what this may be

    Dave, you are right again! Lactarius. Actually had small drops of milk on one picked this evening.. Perhaps lactarius florididanus? Can't find any info on this species but the picture in Mushrooms of the Southeast looks about right. Funny that there is a picture but no write up
  26. ValerieO


    Thank you all for this information. I assume we can eat them now? I will look more in my yard for others. So exciting! Oh and heard they won't grow again. Is there a way to leave the roots so they do grow again or maybe they don't grow that way. Thanks again! Valerie
  27. Muddy Boots

    Hello Newb here

    Hey all - I posted this in the introduction forum but haven't received any responses. I have been growing shitakes from plugs for a number of years. I have also tried growing oyster mushrooms via plug without as much success as shitakes. That is my only real experience with edible fungi in my adult years. Yesterday while cutting storm damaged trees, I looked up to see what appear to my un expert eyes to be oyster mushrooms growing on a dead water oak of about 5 inch circumference. It is the first time I have actually seen what appears to be an edible mushroom that I recognize as such growing in this area. I am going to attempt to include some pictures here for your advice - these all appear to me to be well past their prime and definitely water logged with all the rain we have been having. thanks and I hope to have found a new hobby. I am also very curious as to if there are any other edible mushrooms I might find growing in the south east in the coastal plain and if there are indeed wild edible oyster mushrooms in my area ? If I can find the pics I took a few months back I will also be asking about what I think are reishi that I found colonizing the roots of a silver maple I cut down a couple years back.
  28. angela

    Some of my favorite pics

    I can see why they are some of your favorites.
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