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  1. vitog


    From what I've found and read, I think that Blewits are saprobic; and, as such are not associated with any particular trees. However, the ones that I've found have been associated with rotting conifer needles, sometimes naturally falling ones and, other times, dumps of needle debris. The most dense group that I've seen, only about a dozen, was growing on a tiny pile (maybe a foot in diameter) of various conifer needles that had been raked up in a nearby yard and dumped in an adjacent power line clearing.
  2. They look like Meadow Mushrooms, Agaricus campestris; but, if that's what they are, they should smell like store-bought button mushrooms and not like creosote or some other similar chemical. I don't see any signs of yellow staining at the base, which would be another bad sign.
  3. The only one that looks familiar to me is number 9, which is one of the Shaggy Parasols, probably Chlorophyllum olivieri. Does it stain red or pink when cut or handled? It looks too old for consumption, but they often come up in bunches and should have more than one flush. To be safe, it should be checked for a white spore print; but I don't think that the poisonous, green-spored C. molybdites occurs as far north as Tacoma.
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    Ident confirmation help

    GG, what is your source for information on the edibility of particular varieties of A. muscaria? I've never seen a reference to a truly edible variety; but, as I said, I haven't done much research on what all of the earlier sources said was a poisonous mushroom.
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    Ident confirmation help

    The variety persicina is only found in the eastern US, according to MushroomExpert.com; the variety flavivolvata is the most common variety in BC, according to E-Flora BC. I'm not sure what variety you have; I don't normally look into the details of poisonous mushrooms, and Amanita muscaria is definitely poisonous. The toxins are supposedly soluble in boiling water, rendering them edible by pre-boiling according to some.
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    Help Identifying

    If you're interested, this cauliflower mushroom was formerly named Sparssis crispa, and is now called Sparassis radicata.
  7. vitog

    Greetings from beautiful Vancouver Island BC Canada

    Welcome to the forums, GG. There are a few of us from the West, but we are generally not as vociferous as the members from the East. By the way, I thought that there were no grizzlies on Vancouver Island.
  8. I went out to my best Chanterelle area last Monday and found about 4 quarts of them, which is much less than usual but way more than I found all season last year. Many of the usual spots are not producing yet; so the finds are widely scattered. At least it doesn't look like this year is going to be a complete disaster.
  9. Please see my response in the "Introductions" forum.
  10. vitog

    Chickens? Wood ID help

    I find the western version of Chicken of the Woods on cherry trees, even though it's supposed to only be on conifers, as indicated by its Latin name: L. conifericola.
  11. vitog

    Newbie from northern michigan

    Welcome to the forums, Sara. For best results, identification requests are best submitted to the "Identification Mushrooms" forum. Your photos show a couple of very popular edible mushrooms: the first is probably a species closely related to Boletus edulis, the King Bolete, AKA Porcini and many other names. Perhaps someone from eastern North America will be able to provide the actual species. The second is known as the Lobster mushroom, which is usually a Russula or Lactarius mushroom that has been parasytized by another fungus: Hypomyces lactifluorum.
  12. Something that should work faster than tossing old mushrooms into appropriate habitats is stem butt culture. If you carefully remove some nice, young mushrooms with a bit of soil attached to the base, you can cut off the stem butts with attached hyphae and plant them in any available good habitat. This works best with saprophytic fungi, like Shaggy Manes and Shaggy Parasols.
  13. In southwestern BC there has not been a decent rainfall since the middle of April. Drought cut short the morel season and no other mushrooms have come up since. Rain is finally in the forecast, starting tomorrow, but I'll believe it when and if it happens. I've seen several forecast periods of rain come and go with only a few useless showers, if anything. Even if it does rain now, I'm afraid that the situation will be the same as last year, when there was also very little rain in late spring and summer. Although it rained lightly in September, the first heavy rain didn't arrive until mid-October. Even with lots of rain in October, there were practically no mushrooms to be found that fall or early winter. And the Winter Chanterelles, which usually don't arrive until November and December, barely showed up, but not nearly in enough quantities to be worth picking. It was definitely the worst fall mushroom season that I've seen during the 45 years that I've lived in the Vancouver, BC, area. I suspect that the fungal mycelium needs a certain amount of moisture during the late spring and early summer to gather and store enough nutrients to produce fruiting bodies (mushrooms) during the fall season. Rain during the summer would probably help, but our summers are normally quite dry. So, I don't have any great expectations for this year's fall crop; and I hope that this is not going to be the new normal as a result of global warming.
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    Chanterelle ID please!!!

    This looks like one of the eastern Craterellus species, probably C. ignicolor; but I'm only familiar with C. tubaeformis out west. I believe that they are all edible and tasty, though usually pretty small. The western Yellowfoot is also good for drying.
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    Is this Leucoagaricus naucinus?

    It looks more like an Amanita due to the scaly bits of volva on the cap. A good picture of the stem base would be helpful, but the third photo does seem to show an out-of-focus volva remnant at the bottom of the stalk. I don't know which white Amanitas are found in Kansas.