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Dave W

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  1. It's best to try to stick to one species per discussion. Last set of photos: 1. Large mushroom, probably Chlorophyllum molybdites, the "Green Spored Lepiota". 2. Little mushroom...? Photographic details are washed out in direct sunlight. 3. Mushroom with pores instead of gills... Maybe a species of either Xerocomus or Hortiboletus. Does the cut flesh stain (change color)? Does the pore surface bruise (change color when scraped)?
  2. No worries. I was just wondering if the location may have been somewhere in Canada.
  3. I'd bet this is one of the species generally lumped into the Gyroporus castaneus concept. (Recent research has produced a few new species names.) If correct, then the stalk should snap apart like a piece of chalk. The extreior layer of the G. castaneus stalk is brittle and, when young, the interior is stuffed with a soft cottony pith. Mature G. castaneus has stalk with (partially) hollow interior. Is "western NC" North Carolina?
  4. Tetrapyrgos nigripes has a stalk that's black on the lower half (or more). Genus Marasmiellus makes sense here. The little cup may be a Bird's Nest Mushroom. Is the lateral surface hairy? If so, then maybe Cyathus striatus.
  5. Probably a species of either Coprinopsis or Parasola. The cap surfaces appear to lack veil remnants (flakes/scales/hairs). This favors the latter. If the caps were expanded (mature) it may be a bit easier to discuss the ID. For example, the underside of the cap would be visible. Genus Pstahyrella is another possibility.. Spore print for Coprinopsis/Parasola is black; for Psathyrella (usually) dark purple brown.
  6. Gyroporus umbrinisquamosus is a SE NA species is described as having hairy/scaly cap surface. But the mushroom seen here " looks scaly or furry but isn't." The cap seen here appears to feature a textured surface. The question is whether this textured surface is the result of the cap cuticle being pitted/wrinkled as opposed to there being scales that are flattened and not easily detected by touch. The photo appears to suggest the latter. So, I would not rule out G. umbrinisquamosus. However, see an additional comments within the following paragraph. But, perhaps the most interesting and telling feature is the thin layer of context just below the surface of the stalk that appears to show a bluish stain. Another southern Gyroporus is G. phaeocyanescens. There's a photo in Boletes of Eastern North America that looks quite a bit like the mushroom seen here, and the description of the cap surface includes "becoming appressed - fibrillose to fibrillose - scaly..." A cap that is appressed fibrillose has the appearance of being scaly without actual scales detectable by touch. G. phaeocyanescens typically stains blue on the cut flesh, except BENA says, "The exposed flesh of waterlogged specimens may not exhibit the blue staining reaction." This suggests that the bluing may be variable for this species. Within the comments under G. phaeocyanescens BENA mentions that G. umbrinisquamosus has a stalk that is "strongly enlarged downward", which does not appear to be the case here. My best guess is this is an almost non-staining example of G. phaeocyanescens.
  7. Hey Dave! Are these mushrooms edible? I think it is cyanoboletus pulverulentus I live in Minnesota and found them in the deciduous forest

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  8. Are the stalks fragile? Easily broken? I think these may represent a species of Psthyrella, which --if correct-- does not narrow things down very much; lots of different species. Most types of Psathyrella mushrooms have dark purple-brown spore prints. But a few types have pinkish spore print.
  9. Looks like Tylopilus rubrobrunneus, a mushroom with an extremely bitter taste.
  10. Or Hypomyces chlorinigenus, another parasitic fungus that colonized bolete mushrooms.
  11. Agree with MW, genus Pisolithus. Although according to Mushroom Expert the NA species is P. arenarius http://www.mushroomexpert.com/pisolithus_arenarius.html . Author David Arora called this type fungus "Dead Man's Foot".
  12. Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) has thinner somewhat more rigid flesh, and the fronds are almost never this large.
  13. Neolentinus, almost certainly. Does N. lepideus occur in the Pacific Northwest?
  14. Wow! Tricky. As this matures the answer should become more clear. Could be either Laetiporus (Chicken) or Bondarzerwia berkeleyii (Berkeley's Polypore). My guess is Laetiporus cinncinatus. I deleted the post of this same mushroom. Please don't cause us to need to view the same thing more than once.
  15. Knowing spore print color would help. My low-confidence guess is these are a species of Pholiota.
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