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  1. vitog

    Id please?

    It could be algae that give it that green color.
  2. Note that the article says that 11 other diners suffered from symptoms similar to those of the person who died; so, it was not likely to be an allergic reaction. I suspect that it was a case of undercooked morels. There was a similar incident at a wedding in Vancouver, BC, some years ago. Quite a few people became ill from raw morels in a salad provided by the caterer.
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    Is this a Bolete?

    Including a picture of the entire stem of the mushroom would help a lot for identification.
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    Cut it or uproot it?

    All of the scientific studies that I've read say that it doesn't matter very much if you cut or pull your mushrooms, although some studies showed a slight improvement in production of Chanterelles when they were pulled instead of cut. I always pull any sizable mushroom that's being harvested and then cut off the stem butt just above the dirt line, for two reasons. First, I get the longest possible stem for eating (most stems are just as tasty as the caps). Second, I don't leave behind any cut stems to show any competitors where the mushrooms are growing (the stem butts are tossed far away). For small mushrooms, like Winter Chanterelles (Craterelles), which grow in clusters, it's more efficient to harvest them by cutting clumps, especially if you use scissors.
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    Assuming that these are a saprobic type of morel, they probably won't fruit again, at least not in the same area where they have used up the available nutrients. If there is a lot of mulch around, they may spread to and fruit in another area that has not been colonized yet. Another possibility: they may fruit again if you add some more of the same kind of mulch that they are already growing in.
  6. A couple of hours in a ziploc bag won't hurt, as long as they're not exposed to direct sunshine.
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    Noob from Florida.

    Welcome to the forums; we've gained quite a few Floridians lately. I've never heard of a mushroom that was dangerous to pick up and have been handling them for over 50 years without any kind of reaction. They're much safer than plants like Poison Ivy, Stinging Nettles, or Giant Hogweed. Just don't let your dog eat them before you're sure of their ID.
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    Odd Yellow Shroom

    Both H. chlorophana and H. flavescens are listed for Washington state in "Pacific Northwest Distributions for Macrofungi", Website: http://www.svims.ca/council/distri.htm , along with several other yellow Hygrocybes.
  9. I wasn't sure whether they are annual or perennial; so I looked at the Ganoderma entry in Wikipedia, which said they are perennial. However, checking MushroomExpert.com verifies that Vermonter is correct. Therefore, the Reishi types will not be available in March in Southwestern BC or Washington; however, the Artist's Conk is quite abundant in our area.
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    Help ID please. Poisonous or edible?

    With Boletes, staining reactions can be critical for identification. Did you notice any blue staining after handling the mushroom? There appears to be a faint blue streak across the pores in the 2nd photo.
  11. If they were growing in clusters on buried wood and have a white spore print, they might be old specimens of Flammulina velutipes.
  12. vitog

    What might this be?

    That looks like Clathus ruber, a stinkhorn mushroom. I'm not familiar enough with them to know if there are other similar stinkhorns.
  13. There are several species of Lion's Mane mushrooms in the Genus Hericium, with varying lengths of teeth. The teeth are also shorter in young specimens. It is possible that the nutrients in grow-bags are used up before the mushrooms can reach maturity, which would also limit the size of their teeth.
  14. Any low elevation conifer forest near the coast would be appropriate. I see Ganoderma conks all over the mountains north of Vancouver, and the rain forest trails in Washington's Olympic National Park should be snow free (but not rain free) in March. You can find good terrain in any part of the PNW by using Google Earth, which shows popular trails in addition to access roads.
  15. As far as I know, all Ganoderma mushrooms are perennial; so, there should be no problem finding them in March wherever they grow.
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    Giant hedgehogs

    In a good year we might get several that size, but this is a bad year for all fall mushrooms.
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    How fast can hens grow?

    I don't know about hens, since they don't grow in my part of the world; but, generally, anything that you do to the fruiting body (mushroom), such as picking, has no negative effect on the mycelium. I remember speculation by DaveW, and had the same idea myself, that picking immature mushrooms encourages the mycelium to produce more fruiting bodies, since the purpose of the mushroom is to propagate the species through spore production. So, it wouldn't surprise me if picking very young hens would result in more hens to pick. But I haven't seen any scientific studies about this topic.
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    Honeys ID

    Another safe (and delicious) species is Hydnum repandum, the Hedgehog Mushroom. It is even safer than Chanterelles; I can't think of anything else that even resembles it.
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    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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
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    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.