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  2. Mushrooms are kinda dried out. So, key traits can be tricky to read. I think these are Panus conchatus. Interestingly, the last ID request posed on this forum showed mushrooms that I also thought were P. conchatus.
  3. Any ideas on these? Curious what kind they are. Thanks in advance anyone who lends a hand.
  4. Last week
  5. I think these may be Panus conchatus, although there are a few traits that seem to not match up very well. In the photo seen here, the gills appear to be marginate, ie. with darkened edges. To my knowledge, marginate gills is not a P. conchatus trait. Also, the mushrooms seen here have stems that are a bit frail for this species. But, I still think this may be the ID. P. conchatus often appears during the spring.
  6. If ocher spore print then Tubaria furfuracea. If white spore print then Laccaria (probably L. laccata). Looks more like Laccaria to me.
  7. We found a few in southern PA yesterday.
  8. Hello from about an hour southwest of NOLA! I am eager to find edible mushrooms other than oysters! (Especially a Louisiana truffle?! that is rumored to grow at the base of pecan trees, and lion’s mane! But anything, really!) Anyone have some hotspots from south of Lafayette down to the gulf to share with me? Thanks in advance!
  9. If you don't find any black morels in the spots yo mention, then continue to check for yellow morels. The yellows usually start 1-2 weeks after the blacks, although if it warms up substantially and very quickly the blacks are followed closely by the yellows. Yellows seem to be somewhat more common than blacks. The spots you describe sound like good locations for yellows. Tulip poplar mixed with elm sounds like a winning combination. Some of the elm trees you describe sound like they've been dead for awhile, and others maybe just since last year. That seems to me to be the typical way the elm groves go... a few die every year. My current best spot for yellows is like this. Blacks are seemingly more selective with habitat. They seem to need south-facing slopes --both at the ridge bottom and up the ridge. They tend to start just where a ridge bottoms out. Blacks seem to like spots where there are some rocks mixed in with the soil. I think the rocks tend to hold the daytime warmth though the night and this encourages the black morels to fruit. Blacks also like white ash. Since the ash trees have died off around here, there are way fewer black morels. Fewer yellows also, as the yellows also like ash.
  10. Thanks for the reply Dave. You and I share almost the same weather, terrain and climate. I’ll be sure to let you know when I see anything here. I have found one huge tulip poplar grove that’s probably 4 acres of massive trees with very rich, dark soil. It looks promising. One side also had several elms mixed in. Also found another 4 tulip poplar spots that are maybe an acre in size. Most of the elm groves I find are 10-30 trees mixed in size. Most still have their bark. But your description about the upper branches bending upward and inward is spot on. I don’t think many are alive based on appearance of the upper branches and the lack of leaf litter on the ground. The elm leaves I was able to find appear to be a couple years old. Also notices that vines seem to love to latch onto dying or dead elms. I try to drive a new back country road just about everyday. I think I have enough new spots right now that it would take a couple days to walk all of them. Looks like we’ll be locked down for another 30 days in PA. If you ever want to meet up when things get going let me know. I appreciate all your advise and knowledge. This has become an obsession for me. Bought a laminar flow hood a month back so I can do some agar work. Lab is coming together nicely.
  11. TimG, That is interesting about the May apples. I don't see many around here. I think they grow along the James River in the parks in the city. I'm in the Richmond area, and my black morels are in Amelia County. I found a few more black morels yesterday. Angela
  12. Still too chilly/early for morels in NE PA. Soil temperatures needs to come up solidly into the 50Fs for a few days and stay that way at night. South of the Poconos (south of the Turnpike tunnel) there may be a few blacks starting up; probably only tiny buttons hiding under the leaf litter. Near normal temps forecast for the next few weeks. I don't see any nighttime temps predicted to dip into the 20s, which would be a real good thing. I've found morels only once before April 5. This was 2012, when in mid March there was a three day spell of days with temps in the mid/high 70s. That year I found blacks on March 23. Judging from the weather forecast, I think some blacks may appear in my real early local spot (south-facing ridge of open mature tulip poplar forest) around April 10, which would be earlier than usual. A couple sunny days with temps in the 60s-70s would be real nice. That's what I do, Foulhook; spend a fair amount of time exploring areas for good habitat. If you've found areas with elms, then you want to try to single out the trees that have recently died. Dutch elm disease kills the elm tree quickly. A recently dead tree will have all its bark intact and the upper branches tend to bend inward/upward. The Morchella fungus produces mushrooms in response to the host/partner tree dying. First spring after an elm tree dies is when the most morels appear. But, not every dead elm produces morels; I know a local area that has lots of large elms --some dying each year-- but I've never seen a single morel in this area! Even if someone else hunts them in this spot, I'm pretty sure I'd find a few, or at least some evidence of morels having been there. On the other hand, I know an area with elms where I generally get over 100 nice ones every year. Early in the season (up until the last week of April) finding yellow/gray/white morels (Morchella americana; M. esculenta in older guide books) is quite unlikely unless it's a really warm spring, like in 2012. The yellows --under elm, old dying apple trees, and in healthy hardwood forests-- usually don't start up until May, although when the spring is warm they may be found beginning around April 20. In 2012 I found Morchella diminutive --a species of small yellow morels found in hardwood forests-- on April 6. This seemed virtually unbelievable to me! In 2012 I started getting local M. americana on 4-19. Up until April 20 Morchella angusticeps is the species to look for in NE PA, although these black morels sometimes continue to appear up until around May 10. M. punctipes --the eastern NA "half-free morel"-- is very difficult to predict, but it's usually earlier than the yellows. Some years there are virtually none of these to be found; other years some select spots produce good numbers of M. punctipes.
  13. Dug out my copy of "Ploypores of British Columbia" (PBC). Some good descriptions in this book. At first I didn't think "Fomitopsis pinicola", because F. pinicoloa generally (but not always) features different colored bands on the upper surface, often with a red or white band near the margin. But, there are some traits here that favor F. pinicola over Fomes fomentarius: 1. cross-section with layers of tubes distinct; 2. growth on Douglas fir (which I didn't know to begin); 3. pore openings quite small. So, I agree this is more likely F. pinicoloa. If you have a way to examine spores with a microscope (at least 400x magnification), then F. fomentarius spores are significantly larger than those of F. pinicola. PBC says that the upper surface of F. pinicola is sometimes completely black. PBC also says that the pore surface of F. pinicola bruises yellow (when fresh), which is evident in the first photo. See * below for one final suggestion regarding F. pinicola. Laricifomes/Fomitopsis officinalis is a Pacific NW species that grows on Douglas fir. It is said that its tube layers are distinct (similar to what is seen here). But, the upper surface of the ones seen here seem too dark and with a substantial pileus, which seems to point away from L/F officinalis. Fomitopsis ochracea is another species to consider. PBC says F. ochracea is sometimes confused with F. pinicola. *PBC offers up a piece of information that one may use to separate F. pinicola from at least some of the look-alike species. If a burning match is held to the upper surface (pileus) of F. pinicola the crust boils. This something I definitely did not know! Thanks for pressing the ID discussion on this one, MCA. I learned a few things about these species of perennial conks. BTW, photo documentation in this thread is really good. Evidence seems very good for Fomitopsis pinicola.
  14. hey everybody. I've been checking daily to see if any morels are popping up, but so far haven't had any luck. however I have found a good few of these guys. any ideas? in eastern north carolina
  15. I found out this polypore was found on a fallen Douglas Fir tree. I've also heard someone else say it could be Fomitopsis pinicola.
  16. I've hunted the Shenandoah VA area for morels for over 25 years and used to keep very detailed records. Soil temp., rain amounts for the prior year and especially the last month or so prior to normal fruiting time, the trees and other plants and their stages of growth, etc. I was always told that the White morels, M. americana and M. diminutiva fruited when the red bud bloomed. This is often true but not always. I've found out the Red bud blooms within about a week each year. The morels fruitng can sometimes be a week or even 2 weeks later than the red bud blooms. The most accurate plant stage I rely on is when the May Apples leaves flatten out is prime time. Remember there will always be someone report their early morel finds. These are the ones who have hunted them hard for many years and know some early patches, but the major or widespread fruitngs will be a week to 10 days later.
  17. A friend sent me a picture of her horse manure pile. It has mushrooms all over it. Central Pennsylvania. Blue cap and stem, long stem, cap is fringed around the outside. Anybody have an idea what they might be? She’s bringing me several tomorrow, I’ll post pics and take a spore print. I can’t see anything in Baroni’s book. Likewise I’d didn’t see anything in Appalachian Mushrooms by Sturgeon. Please ignore this post as I can’t figure out how to delete it. She brought some over but had them too covered with manure to be much good. They were not blue as the picture showed. Pretty sure they are a parosol species. Stem was white and hollow.
  18. Has anyone found any yet? I have seen reports down in Berks county PA and in SW PA. I have spent much of the winter hunting trees. I think I have driven every dirt road in the tri state area! Found some very large tulip groves and several promising elm spots. I believe soil temps here are about 45* right now. We are close I think. Will this rain be enough to make next week worth looking? Dave, have you checked any of your spots over there in the Scranton area? We appear to be having an earlier than normal spring for a change. What’s your guess for this seasons timing?
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  20. The different layers of tubes seen in the cross-section is a trait associated with more than one genus of hard-fleshed perennial polypore. Fomes fomentarius is one such species of polypore that exhibits this trait. So, although not conclusive evidence, I'd say the recently posted photo provides good support for the F. fomentarius proposal.
  21. I don't know the type of wood it was on. Here is a piece of it chopped off. Maybe that will help to ID this.
  22. Knowing the type of wood it was on may be helpful. Possibly Fomes fomentarius, or some other species of Fomes.
  23. If the undersides are white/whitish and have pore that are very small but large enough to see (possibly with the aid of minor magnification), then I'd say these are a species of Trametes. T. versicolor --Turkey Tail-- looks like a very good possibility. T. ochracea is very similar and the two species are likely often confused.
  24. Sure did moss that point about the liquid. My attention was captured by what appeared to be dark ring zone on the upper part of the stalk. A species of Lactarius. What color was the liquid when yo first noticed it. Did the liquid change color after a few minutes? Vitog, I think you missed that the collection comes from CA 🙂 Any notable odor?
  25. This polypore is from the state of Oregon.
  26. So I’m new to this page but I’ve been apart of some mushroom forums before, giving this one a shot to see which ones suit me better. Amateur mycologist like many of us, I’m almost certain this is Turkey Tail. I doubt myself often, and always need reassurance. The photo was from a friend I haven’t gotten out to see them yet. But I will. It’s spring now in southeastern Quebec, the snows are thawing, winter just ended. Here’s the best picture she could send me, again my spider senses are saying turkey tail, but I haven’t gotten to see them with my own two eyes. What do you guys think? Thank you :)
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