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  2. Sung to the tune of "In the Court of the Crimson King" by King Crimson. When the Crimson Cort is King The rusty spores fall through the gills and gather on the stalk. Amongst the fallen leaves of brown my sadness they do mock. The violaceous rounded caps are a dubious offering. There’s no Lepistas to be found when the Crimson Cort is king. The maker of the Autumn rain has left the forest dry. I walk the paths from dawn to dusk but the prospects make me sigh. Some fleshy caps on robust stems are growing in a ring. But none of them are harvested For the Crimson Cort is king. In days of yore when many colored carpophores were found where faeries spread the midnight dust in circles on the ground the woods were filled with Blewits that the evening rain did bring. But now imposters rule the land where the Crimson Cort is king. My fingers feel the morning chill as I examine fruit bodies. I see no web, the gills are notched still I doubt that I’ll eat these. A bowl of cream of Blewit soup would be the perfect thing. But there will be no soup today while the Crimson Cort is king.
  3. wild lookin' bolete

    Looks like there's some blue staining on the cut flesh, which --if true-- should make it relatively easy to ID this Suillus (presumably a Suillus). But, I've come up empty trying to find a match. Theb stem seems to be covered in sand/soil, which makes it difficult to get a read on the its surface, and whether or not there are remnants of a partial veil. Trees?
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  5. wild lookin' bolete

    Some kinda Suliius, I'd say. Was there pine in the habitat? I'll check the NA Bolete books later this evening.
  6. I don't think C. iodes. This species has a slimy/viscid cap, usually with yellowish spots, and is generally less robust than the ones seen in this discussion. The cap surface seen in the second photo down looks to be dry/silky/shiny. This suggests Cortinarius subgenus Sericeocybe, which is a grouping of rather robust Corts with violet/purple color and dry cap surface. According to the following source, this subgenus is an "artificial" grouping, as the species contained therein are not actually genetically related. They just share the types of observable traits mentioned. http://www.alpental.com/psms/PNWMushrooms/PictorialKey/Cortinarius.htm#Sericeocybe Actually, if you don't know it then you can't blow it, cuz if you knew it was a blewit then you wound not eschew it. You can always abort, when you realize it's a Cort.
  7. I thought this would be an easy ID. I'm having a hard time finding this. Note: the cap skin was dry to touch and peeled off easily and cleanly.
  8. Yeah, figured that as soon as I saw the spore print, just had to use the play on words though Thanks Dave, I will look into other members of the cortinarius family for identification. Sure was a pretty purple though... Dave, I took a look at all the ones you listed as possibilities and none seem quite the match. Also, though I am not 100% sure, I think that both times these were under oaks. I always think I will remember and even take a mental note or picture but somehow neither take. What do you think about Cortinarius iodes as a possibility?
  9. Here's a few possibilities. http://www.mushroomexpert.com/cortinarius_caesiocanescens.html https://www.mycoquebec.org/bas.php?trie=C&l=l&nom=Cortinarius caerulescens / Cortinaire céruléen&tag=Cortinarius caerulescens&gro=16 https://www.mycoquebec.org/bas.php?trie=C&l=l&nom=Cortinarius traganus / Cortinaire à odeur de poire&tag=Cortinarius traganus&gro=16 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortinarius_purpurascens
  10. Please help identifying? (New member)

    Take a cap. Cut off the stem. Lie the cap, gills down, so that half the cap is on a black surface and the other half on a white surface. Non-porous surfaces are best. If you can't find black/white smooth hard surfaces, then aluminum foil is a good alternative... or a clear glass microscope slide. Allow at least 12 hours for the print to form, but it may take as long as two or three days. Best to place the mushroom being printed in an area where there's no draft and not much activity. Many sources recommend placing an inverted cup over the mushroom being printed. But I have found that this practice can cause moisture to accumulate under the mushroom, which may either hinder the spore drop or alter the appearance of the spore drop.
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  12. Please help identifying? (New member)

    I'm almost positive the ones in the last picture are the same as the rest, I just took that picture while it was raining. I'll try to conduct a spore test, though I've never done one before... Thank you so much for the help
  13. Please help identifying? (New member)

    I suspect diana is thinking about suggesting genus Hebeloma. I agree, it's a possibility. But I think the clustered growth in an ornamental garden --probably includes spread wood chips-- favors a saprobic species. (Hebelomas are mycorrhizal... at least I *think* they all are.) Maybe a species of Tubaria? Maybe Pholiota? Maybe Agrocybe? I don't recognize these. But... wondering if the 6th photo (last one) shows a different species. The shiny yellow caps look like they may be kinda slimy/viscid. Do the gills/stems for these look the same as the others? Probably all the same, but it wouldn't hurt to check. Spore print color would possibly help here. If there's any reason to further suspect two different species, then printing several different mushrooms would be a good idea.
  14. Not Cortinarius violaceus, but most definitely a species of Cortinarius. Taking the spore print was very useful. (BTW, I think "buff" refers to an off-white color that tends toward pinkish/fleshy. But, interpreting very pale off-white colors can be subjective.) Note, the webby deposits on the stems. These remnants of the cortina (webby partial veil) are dark brown because spores have collected on them. Also, although a Blewits will often have an enlarged stem base, these stem bases are fairly abruptly bulbous. This subtle difference can also help one to distinguish a Blewit from a Cort. Species...? There's a handful of Corts that are readily IDed to species, not including these. For these there are at least several possibilities. Most filed guides include C. alboviolaceus, which is similar but not quite as purple as the ones seen here.
  15. Please help identifying? (New member)

    Sorry, I don't know what radishes smell like. Thank you for your help
  16. Please help identifying? (New member)

    Does it smell like radishes?
  17. Found these mushrooms near the house, they're orange/yellow/brown, caps around 2-3 inches in diameter, light yellow gills, no ring, and grow in large clusters on the ground. Caps have flattened out as of late, after a few days of light rain, but when I first noticed them they were more conically shaped. I cut one's stem open with a shovel, it was hollow inside and relatively easy to cut. Climate is California coastal redwoods. Thank you in advance!
  18. Last week found two of these purple mushrooms. Found growing in leaf litter in woods. We had wandered off trail and became lost, finally tried gps and we were about 7 miles from car. Because phone battery was low I didn't take a picture at the time. Took them home and identified them as wood blewits aka clitocybe nuda/lepista nuda. Everything was textbook correct. One of the mushrooms had a bit of brown on the stem but I figured it was staining from the leaf litter. ( picture #1) I did a spore print. Brown. Dangit. Yesterday the four year old suggested taking the dogs for a walk in the park. Another purple mushroom. Leaf litter at wood's edge. Much mycelium at base and in the leaves. No brown on stem. (picture #2) Third picture is of the spore print of mushroom found yesterday done on a mirror. Early print was a buff color. I consider "buff" a pale golden. The color of Buff Orpingtons - my favorite breed of chickens. I decided not to jump the gun and waited till this morning to read the print. Brown. Dbl-dangit! The corner of the envelope was dragged through the print and shows a concentration of the spores. I have gone to mushroomexpert.com and looked at Cortinarius violaceus and I don't think these look like that. Help please.
  19. ID help

    Maybe a young mushroom/polypore with a white mold growing on it. Or, maybe a button of a polypore that isn't old enough to reveal useful details. Seeing what you mean by "revealed a reddish-orange mass" could be helpful. I think it's probably what vitog said, a moldy mushroom.
  20. Need help identifying

    Looks like a species of Armillaria... Stalk with fibrous outer layer and white pithy interior. Cap surface with little tufts of hairy scales. Growth habit clustered on/near wood. Does the stalk have a ring? (I can't tell if the photo shows a true ring or just some of the outer stalk surface peeling.) Spore print color would be helpful. Okay... looked at the in-situ pic again. I see the rings on the stalks. These are almost certainly a species of Armillaria. But, if you're just learning how to recognize mushrooms from this genus (Honey Mushrooms), then I recommend taking a spore print.
  21. ID help

    Yes, this is almost certainly a mushroom parasitized by a mold fungus.
  22. Need help identifying

    It looks like Armillaria mellea, unless the California version has been recently renamed.
  23. Need help identifying

    A few more pics that might help. Any suggestions on how to take the right kind of pics to help you help me are appreciated. Thanks again.
  24. ID help

    Found this growing on a stump. Unfortunately, I don’t have more photos. When opened, it revealed a reddish-orange mass. Is this a mushroom that has been parasitized by another fungus?
  25. Need help identifying

    It could be dangerous to even hazard a guess with the information provided. Needs pics according to the sticky on mushroom ID. Could be honey mushrooms....could be a number or other species as well, some very poisonous.
  26. Need help identifying

    Thanks. I’m going to be back over there today I’ll try to get some more detailed pics!
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