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  2. This is my first year finding Grifola frondosa and this past week I found what I believe are two of them, but they look quite different. One is darker, more densely packed, and has much more pronounced pores. The other is much more spread out and the pores are not visible. Are these really both Grifolas? Both were found in southeastern Wisconsin. The darker one near a live burr oak and the lighter one near a dead tree that I'm pretty sure was oak. Anyone else see this much variation or is one of them not actually a Grifola? Is the one with pronounced pores just older?
  3. Thanks for the help, folks! It was absolutely delicious! I used thick slices of it as pizza crust!
  4. That's warm for F. velutipes.... a puzzler.
  5. Probably Cortinarius iodes http://www.mushroomexpert.com/cortinarius_iodes.html .
  6. Interesting, but not enough info for a confident ID proposal. Maybe a species of Laccaria? Low confidence here.
  7. Thank you! That looks spot on to a chicken in the woods. Took another picture today. But it looks like someone walked over it a bit. And even if it is edible, I think I will be passing on that. It’s just off the road on a Chicago street. Dog pee and a lot of other stuff floating around.
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  9. I would advise against trusting the flies. Best to know what you're picking to eat.
  10. In NA the name T. caligatum represents a complex of similar species. But, one common feature seems to be that the caps should have brown scales. The T. caligatum that I find here in NE PA grows in a mix of oak/pine and tastes quite bitter. Another ringed Trich similar to the these is T. dulciolens (Champignons du Quebec). But this species also features brown scales on the cap. I don't find T. magnivelare in my area. The ones seen in this discussion fit the description of this species.
  11. IMO, there's still a fair amount of confusion about how to describe/ID the robust late summer species of Gymnopilus found in NA (east of the Rockies). Even the reported spore dimensions for the two "species" are fairly similar. in my experience, these types have spore print color closer to orange than to brown.
  12. That log looks like an old bark-less oak. I think the white mushrooms are Pleurotus pulmonarius. The well-defined stipes would be unusual for Pleurocybella porrigens (Angel Wings). To be absolutely certain of Pleurotus vs. Pleurocybella, spores should be measured (or the type of wood identified). That's a great photo of the Bird's Nest Fungi! Shows the fruit bodies at several stages of development... worthy of appearing in a filed guide. Based upon the radiating grooves seen inside the nests, I think these are Cyathus striatus.
  13. Yes, probably growing from buried wood/roots. The combination of habitat and color of fruit body make this an interesting observation. Additional details would be nice to see.
  14. Here in NE PA last year was a notably productive year for Grifola. Not surprising that there's few to be found at this current point in time --around here as well. Presumably, the Grifola fungus growing on the roots of tree uses a lot of energy/nutrient to produce the large fruit bodies we call "Hen of the Woods" or "Sheep's Head". This may now be a time of reloading for the fungus. Maybe some late ones, though...?
  15. L. psammicola makes sense to me. There are a few other acrid-tasting species with zonate caps similar to L. psammicola. Even the spore morphology seems ambiguous for L. psammicola. From Mushroom Expert, "... isolated, amyloid warts and short ridges that occasionally form partial reticula." This description is somewhat self-contradictory, as isolated warts do not form reticula.
  16. Low temps were in the low 60's a week before but went into the 50's just before the September photos were taken.
  17. In the photo, the spore print looks to be black. But, a photo does not always well represent color. Not sure what to make of "espresso colored print". Is there any hint of brown or purple? Almost certainly a species of Panaeolus, most of which have jet-black prints. P. foenisecii has a very dark purple-brown print.
  18. White spore print --combined with sticky caramel colored caps, white gills, and stalks with dark bases-- is very good evidence for the Flammulina velutipes proposal. I agree that early September is an unusual time to find this species. What sort of low temperatures have you been experiencing lately?
  19. I find a lot of hens by black oaks that are over a foot diameter. It might just be because those trees here have problems. Usually there's no moss at the base either. The lion's mane hericium types are good for beginners too. I find those on logs and standing dead white oaks.
  20. A couple years ago I made a positive ID with spore prints. Last year I found some in the woods by dead oaks. I was impressed by the taste. I tried some small and some older with tan caps.
  21. I have no idea what this is and this is the only photo my father sent me. It's in Newfoundland, spruce trees not too far away and its growing through moss on the side of a marsh. Please help me!
  22. Hi everyone! Names Tom. I live in Canada and I'm looking to do a bit of mushroom hunting!!! I have a couple books. Got myself a tool. And ready to rock! Catch ya later!
  23. I had considered Tricholoma caligatum but seems to pair with hardwoods, these were found in dense hemlock stand with no hardwoods around. If it is a matsutake look alike then very tasty indeed. The smell of earth and body funk gets very strong when cooking, also noticeable on the taste, unlike any other mushroom I have tried, I can see how some people would not like the flavor. I don't get the spicy/cinnamon smell but probably just personal take. Also very chewy on texture but meaty, more solid than porcinis. I went back today and found the mothership of fruitings nearby, will update with some pics tonight. I looked around a bit in the original site but did not find anything. As I was leaving saw a nice fat king bolete and went to look at it, then saw these nearby. Under hemlock, maybe 40 ft from the other site on the road. Probably 50 or so coming up, much larger and more advanced than the other spot but also more sunlight. Picked a big one to look at ring closer, appears to be single ring so this would seem to confirm Tricholoma magnivelare vs caligatum.
  24. I have found laughing gyms once, they had a brighter yellow tint, esp the gills, smell of anise was strong. edit, After looking around pretty sure I found Gymnopilus luteus version of laughing gym as it was smaller, yellow, only three in the clump growing from old log. Definitely one that I never forgot though! It was found in the southern Appalachians.
  25. I found these on two halves of a rotting log. Pretty confident they are Gymnopilus, but not sure of the specie. The spores are rusty brown, as can be seen in photo 3. A small taste was bitter. Cap color is similar to G. sapineus, but the ring is persistant, not disappearing, and is dark brown from the spores.
  26. I concur Vitog. No cinnamon smell...not matsutake. It is a key identifier. There are a number of tricholomas that look like matsutakes.
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