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  2. Spore print color looks like Hypholoma; thicker print would likely be darker. I think you're probably on target with the suggestion that freezing weather affected the cap color. Probably H. lateritium. But I'm not comfortable with expressing high confidence.
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  4. Good article. Plus it gives an answer to why some mushrooms pick "clean" or "dirty". I cut or pick depending on predictable dirt load on the stem base. Boletes, chanterelles, hedgehogs all pick clean. Blewits, King Stropharia, Tipplers Bane and Lyophyllum all pick dirty with loads of dirt and organic material stuck to stem base so I cut them
  5. I always leave the stems of "Natural" morels in the ground! I have proven in the past, that leaving the spore in the ground will allow another mushroom to grow in the exact spot next year, but often I return a week or so after the original was cut, and find more growing from the same spore base and stem. I am sure you have seen multiple sizes in a clump, so if you pulled the first one you saw, you made it impossible to harvest anymore from that spore base. I am not as careful in logging and burn areas as I don't expect the areas to produce a second season. Please leave Morel stumps in ground!
  6. Spore print came back light purple or purple. We’ve had freezing cold temps every day for a week until now so maybe they darkened from freezing. I’ve been thinking these are sulfur tufts because of the yellowish green gills but what stumps me is it’s suppose to taste bitter when taste testing but it didn’t seem to have a flavor.
  7. Looks like the photos were taken indoors under an artificial light source. This can cause the colors to be misrepresented. Maybe Brick Cap (Hypholoma lateritium). But the gills appear to be turning brown rather that the purplish-gray I expect with this species. Also, the cap color is a somewhat darker than I'd expect for H. lateritium. Print should be dark purplish-brown. If the print is brown (cigar brown to somewhat rusty brown) then I think genus Pholiota makes sense here. Yellowish-brown or ocher spore print would point toward genus Tubaria. I don't think these are w
  8. Found growing out of very old dead hardwood not coniferous but not sure what type of tree it was. Spore print Is a light purple. Taste test not bitter or very much flavor. Thought they were brick caps at first, after second look at them I’m not so sure. Any thoughts or comments are greatly appreciated. Thx!!
  9. If Entoloma, then spore print color would be very useful. Also, if you would like to save the spore print on foil or wax paper then if you mail it to me I could scope the spores.
  10. Thanks so much for the reply, Dave. This was exactly the type of information I was looking for!
  11. Wow good work! I checked that website. I would lean more to that being correct. Thx and hopefully we can confirm when I see them a little more matured.🍄 ✌️🍄
  12. Hohenbuehelia petaloides. Not related to Chanterelles (Cantharellus). http://www.mushroomexpert.com/hohenbuehelia_petaloides.html
  13. My guess is the ornamentation on the stalks is not due to a partial veil. These really look like Entoloma to me, maybe E. vernum or something close to this species (the name may actually refer to a group of closely related species). There are no species in family Entolomataceae that have partial veil (that I know of). If there were leaves stuck to the stalks then removing the debris may have caused the surface to tear. But I also have another potential explanation. Many Entoloma mushrooms occur with copious whitish mycelium coating the bases of the stalks. I think it's possible for the expandi
  14. Can anyone tell me what these are? They're growing in the soil of my garden bed where I have celery and carrots at the moment. They have gills, but their shapes kinda remind me of chanterelles (I know, they're not). I live in North Florida.
  15. I definitely see the resemblance! Maybe if they were more mature we could identify them a little better. I have seen them before. The stipe or scales are throwing me off. I added another close - up pic. I don’t know if the leaves I pulled off from around them had anything to do with it. I couldn’t get a spore print from it for some reason. Thx Dave!!
  16. Alright thanks for all the input guys! Yea I found these the day that I posted them. The weather has been super nice for the last couple weeks with the highs in the 50s. But the last few days have been super cold we’ve been without power for a day or two. Found some Lions Mane for the first time today I’m about to post!
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  18. This jelly fungus that forms floppy ear-shaped fruit bodies on sticks had been known as Exidia recisa. The North American species is now called Exidia crenata. Often mistaken for Auricularia (Tree Ears).
  19. Growing on oak stick I think. Very jelly like. Liquidy brown color. Know at least some of these jelly fungus are edible. Interesting specimen.
  20. The fruit body of a fungi (mushroom) is like an apple on a tree. You don't actually disrupt the fungal organism by picking a mushroom. On the other hand, there is some debate as to whether over-harvesting may affect fungal proliferation. Taking home a cluster of Omphalotus illudens likely causes no environmental harm. Though, you may get some orange liquid on your fingers, which can be a bit unnerving. The species is somewhat toxic. Just wash you hands.
  21. Well, deciding to consume a wild mushroom is the responsibility of the person who possesses to mushroom. But, I will say that P. dryinus is considered to be an edible species. I have eaten this type mushroom; it's a bit tougher/chewier than other types of Pleurotus, but flavor is okay. Will the fact that the mushroom froze in-situ affect the quality? Difficult to say. I think with other species of Pleurotus freezing/thawing would negatively affect the texture (and perhaps the flavor?). P. dryinus is a fairly hardy type; flesh is thick and somewhat denser than other Pleurotus. I agree that
  22. Thank you for the ID conformation! Really cool! I've been wanting to find Jack 'o Lantern in the wild but I haven't found them yet. I would like to be able to see bioluminescence in a mushrooms; however, I am reluctant to take a mushroom home unless necessary for further id or if I intend on eating the mushroom. I know it probably isn't a big deal, but I try to disturb the ecosystem as little as possible. What do you think, is this concern warranted?
  23. I am not sure. I might try and find out later today. I think it is likely an oak considering the location I found it in. I am still not to savvy on tree identification. I can recognize trees on a basic level. Like I can say, "oh that is a pine, or that that is oak", but not much beyond that.. Do know any websites or other resources that can help me improve my tree identification skills? And I was curious about edibility of this species, especially when frozen. Will it still be good thawed out? Should I take any other precautions like taking a spore print?
  24. Thanks Dave. That’s my take too. Found one of the labels and it indeed says H. erinacus.
  25. Gills look to be pale for Panaeolus foenisecii. Otherwise this mushroom fits the description for this species. Other species of Panaeolus produce mushrooms with black spore print. Maybe a species of Psathyrella?
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