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  1. Oops, I missed the white spore print, which narrows the search down a bit. The closest thing that I could find is Leucopaxillus albissimus, described in the California Fungi Website at: http://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/species/Leucopaxillus_albissimus.html . I'm sure that there are other possibilities.
  2. It looks like Hericium abietis, one of the Lion's Mane mushrooms that occurs in California. It should be safe to eat, but always sample a small amount at first in case you are allergic to it.
  3. I presume that you meant 180 mm across the cap, or else the mushroom in your hand is not the same one. We will probably need a spore print to identify it, possibly taste and odor, too. Oops, I see that Dave W has responded while I was composing my response.
  4. L. rubidus, the western Candy Cap, is considered a good edible. Check the California Fungi site: http://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/species/Lactarius_rubidus.html for a good description. L. rufulus is also described as edible.
  5. It's definitely not a Chanterelle and is likely to be one of the Milky Caps, genus Lactarius. Check for milky, colored, or clear sap when the gills or cap are cut. Some possibilities are L.rubidus, L. rufus, or L. rufulus, all species that I haven't studied closely, since we don't find Candy Caps up here in BC.
  6. The mushrooms in the first two photos look like Flammulina velutipes, which should produce white spore prints.
  7. They look like Blewits, but you need a spore print to be certain. Try printing the largest specimen or part of it. It should be pale pink.
  8. I see that the mushrooms are growing mainly on dead wood at the base of the Live Oak. Are there areas close to you with lots of dead oak trees? Those areas might be more productive.
  9. It's probably the Winter Chanterelle (AKA Yellowfoot), Craterellus tubaeformis, or a close relative. The color of the stem is usually more yellow, but it varies considerably. I often find them with the same color as the ones in the photo. It's an excellent edible, sometimes available all winter long, and is very abundant right now in coastal BC.
  10. Yep, definitely a typical Lobster Mushroom.
  11. Yes, they look like Golden Chanterelles, one of two species that I've never differentiated because they're both good to eat.
  12. This is definitely not a Hedgehog Mushroom. It is most likely Albatrellus ovinus or A confluens; check mushroomexpert.com for more info. However, it would be nice to see where the stem attaches to the cap and to know if it was growing on the ground or on wood. The size of the cap and the color of a sporeprint would also be useful.
  13. I agree that moisture availability is definitely part of the answer. I've noticed many times that Chanterelles popping up when the soil is fairly dry often have hollow stems. This adaptability may be one reason why Chanterelles seem to be more tolerant of dry soil than most other types of mushrooms.
  14. It looks like an Oyster Mushroom, but you should get a spore print to make sure that it doesn't have dark-colored spores.
  15. A photo of the cap underside would confirm it; but I'm pretty sure that this is Hydnellum peckii, which has teeth instead of gills.