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  1. The different layers of tubes seen in the cross-section is a trait associated with more than one genus of hard-fleshed perennial polypore. Fomes fomentarius is one such species of polypore that exhibits this trait. So, although not conclusive evidence, I'd say the recently posted photo provides good support for the F. fomentarius proposal.
  2. Knowing the type of wood it was on may be helpful. Possibly Fomes fomentarius, or some other species of Fomes.
  3. If the undersides are white/whitish and have pore that are very small but large enough to see (possibly with the aid of minor magnification), then I'd say these are a species of Trametes. T. versicolor --Turkey Tail-- looks like a very good possibility. T. ochracea is very similar and the two species are likely often confused.
  4. Sure did moss that point about the liquid. My attention was captured by what appeared to be dark ring zone on the upper part of the stalk. A species of Lactarius. What color was the liquid when yo first noticed it. Did the liquid change color after a few minutes? Vitog, I think you missed that the collection comes from CA 🙂 Any notable odor?
  5. Possible a species of Agrocybe, or also possibly a species of Leratiomyces. Spore print color? I recommend that you do not eat these mushrooms.
  6. For discussions regarding psychoactive fungi, we recommend the website Shroomery.
  7. That's the way to go... After you're quite sure of IDing an edible type, prepare a small portion, sample it, and make sure to keep some fresh material in case a bad reaction means you would like a medical person to examine the mushrooms. Those look like real nice Oyster Mushrooms.
  8. I think this is a half-free morel; Morchella punctipes is the eastern North American species. Two things you may check to possibly differentiate from Verpa: 1. The the stalk of Verpa usually has at least some white pithy stuffing inside, often clinging to the inner wall. Morchella species have stalk completely hollow with the chamber extending into the cap; 2. the cap of Verpa attaches to the stalk only at the very apex of the cap. A half-free morel gets its name from the cap being connected to the stalk about halfway down (the length of the cap).
  9. Agree with bobby b, genus Sarcoscypha for these bright red cups. Seems early in the season for these in N NJ.
  10. Coprinopsis species. Getting the exact species can be challenging for these types. Here's some mushrooms --perhaps the same species-- I found growing on a bale of hay a few years back https://mushroomobserver.org/225553?q=19EsB .
  11. Personally, I think it's best to act on the side of safely. What I've read suggests that dietary habits and/or physical disposition of the individual may have something to do with oxalic acid being a threat. There needs to be more research on the use of chaga. My wife started using chaga a few years ago --in the form of a double water/alcohol extract.. She thinks it has helped her. In fact a couple years ago she experienced her first cold-free winter in memory, and she credits the chaga. But, in light of the questions surrounding oxalic acid, she has cut back on how much of it she uses (a few drops in her tea but not daily).
  12. Hi TimG. I just noticed your name on this thread. For those who don't know, Tim G was a moderator on Michael Kuo's Mushroom Expert discussion board at the time when I first ran across it. This board we're using now --wildmushroomhunting.org-- is the a descendant of the ME board. Actually Tim, I just checked out this thread because I was hoping to find some direction to a morel map or discussion board. For some range of SE NA latitudes I'm guessing a nice morel season has kicked into gear. Are you getting that cold snap tonight (3/21)? Predicted to be 15F here.
  13. Mutual occurrence of red-buds and morels is something I have heard about, and seen. I don't see red-buds up here in NE PA. But, over the past 10 years or so I've been off-and-on meeting my friend Evan in S PA to hunt Morchella angusticeps, usually a week or so before I find any up here where I live. Those years when the pickin' was good down there the red buds were in bloom. Thanks for sharing info about this early find, angela!
  14. No idea about the edibility of these mushrooms. My advice is to not eat them. I think they represent a species from genus Coprinellus. But, Coprinopsis or Psathyrella are other possibilities for the genus.
  15. Certainly looks like a Pleurotus species to me. Like you say navieko, seeing as this may be an unusual occurrence in your area it makes sense to get a few opinions.
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