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  1. The photo doesn't really provide any information about its size. A toonie is about 1-1/16" or 27 mm in diameter.
  2. Both of these look like Russulas, most of which are very difficult to identify to the species level.
  3. That is definitely a Lobster Mushroom. Its host is usually Russula brevipes, a large, white, short-stemmed mushroom. The two Russulas that you photographed are probably not the host; there's a green Hypomyces that I often see parasitizing some of these smaller Russulas. It's normally pretty safe to eat Lobster Mushrooms, but you should start with a small amount to make sure that you are not allergic to them.
  4. Yes, that's Clintonia uniflora, a very common lily in BC forests, with its normal metallic blue berry.
  5. It's definitely not an Indian Pipe, but it might be a Pterospora andromedea (pinedrops). Some of the photos on Google Images are very similar to the above.
  6. Or it might be L. discolor.
  7. These resemble the Spring King Boletes that I found last year. If that's what they are, the tops of the stems should be reticulated; it's not clear in the photos above if that's the case here. However, the lower parts of the stalks may show scabers instead of the pattern on the kings, in which case they could be Leccinum discolor. The photos below show my specimens.
  8. A brief search on Google indicates that the latex consists primarily of what is called poly cis-isoprene in Lactarius mushrooms and cis-polyisoprene in the rubber tree. I assume that these are different names for the same compound.
  9. Lloyd, how did you inoculate that area with A. aergerita? Did you use commercial spawn? You also mentioned that you inoculated it with other mushroom strains. What other mushrooms?
  10. Those are morels and are edible; however, if you have not eaten morels before, you should start with a small amount to check if you have an allergic reaction (fairly rare).
  11. I see small Lepiotas like the ones in the photo frequently in the fall; but I avoid them and have never tried to identify them, because there are several similar species and some are known to be poisonous. If there is any chance that someone or a pet might eat these, I would definitely remove them as soon as they appear. Their presence or absence should have no impact on the plants in the pot.
  12. Morel season has started here in southwestern British Columbia. I found a few burn morels just over a week ago and got my first (still very young) natural morels on Saturday. Also on Saturday, I went back to the burn and collected about 8 liters (2 gallons) of mostly mature morels. This burn is one of the least productive and most difficult to explore burns that I have ever searched, but it does offer some occasional rewards. The photo below shows one patch where I picked 33 morels and tossed about another dozen that had mold. And not too far from there I found another larger patch that produced 81 good morels. Between these two patches I filled the 6 liter bucket visible at the upper left corner of the photo. During the 8 hours I spent in that burn, I only found 2 additional liters of morels. The terrain is a steep mountainside full of mostly dead underbrush, fallen trees, rock cliffs, and boulders, but fortunately, no ticks. That is one advantage of burns; ticks don't seem to survive the fires. Fortunately, there are several more reasonably close burn areas at higher elevations that should produce morels later in the season. I just hope that there will be enough rain to bring them up.
  13. Assuming that the underside comprises fine pores, these might be old specimens of Polyporus badius.
  14. I've found morels associated with many different kinds of shrubs and trees, but I noticed that many of them are either in the willow family or in the rose family. Some examples that I've experienced: willow, cottonwood, aspen, English Laurel, cherry, apple, and plum. Since hawtherns are in the rose family, I'm not surprised about that association and have been checking them out whenever I see them. The only type of tree outside of these two families that has produced for me is ash. This applies to natural morels in the Pacific Northwest that reappear consistently in the same area. Burn morels are different and primarily occur under many different conifers, especially pines. I'm sure that different associations occur in eastern North America, but I think that most of the above examples apply there as well.
  15. I think that it is more likely that Verpa bohemica rather than any Gyromitra would be mistaken for a true morel. Here is a photo from 2011 showing a V. bohemica that has darkened ridges similar to black morels. You have to look closely to note that the bottom of the cap isn't attached to the stem. Also, I've read that these Verpas are available commercially in Europe, as well as North America. I presume that they would be more dangerous than true morels if undercooked.
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