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  1. Oh okay. So you know that's a chant... duh! I have heard that at least one species of large classic California chanterelle is actually not a very good edible.
  2. The mushroom seen in the latest photo (selfie) looks like a type of classic Yellow Chanterelle.
  3. A Polypore to identify

    I'd bet $17.50 --my personal limit is $20-- the polypore in the forefront on the photo is a young Ischnoderma resinosum (aka. "Resin Polypore") http://www.mushroomexpert.com/ischnoderma_resinosum.html. The old mushroom in the background... I'd bet $5 this is also I. resinosum.
  4. Is this Chaga mushroom?

    Not Chaga (Inonotus obliquus).
  5. Mushroom ID help

    I can't quite tell from the photos... do the gills reach the stalk? Or are the gills free of the stalk? My first impression is Pluteus. Spore print color would be helpful.
  6. Slimy cap gilled mushroom ID

    A very interesting little mushroom, indeed! I have no confident proposal. To me it looks like the gills have a grayish tinge, which brings to mind genera Stropharia and Hypholoma. There are some wood-inhabiting species of Stropharia that feature the velar deposits along the cap margin and lower stem sheathed in scales. These types have dark grayish spore prints. Hemipholiota populinea, which has brown spore print, has the marginal velar deposits, but this type is a large brownish mushroom that grows on poplar wood. I'm guessing this is a dark-spored mushroom. If it's actually white-spored or pale-spored then I'm really stumped. Spore print color would be interesting to know.
  7. Polypore Bracket mushroom

    I agree about the pores being too small for T. gibbosa (formerly/incorrectly T. elegans in some field guides). I think this may be Trametes cubensis, a southern NA species featuring small roundish pores. http://mushroomobserver.org/5421?q=BPin
  8. ID needed, can anyone offer help?

    Without having a reasonable idea about what type of mushroom was growing on the tree a few weeks ago --not to mention that there are no photos of the mushroom recently found in this same spot-- IMO there's little hope of having meaningful discussion about either the identities of these mushrooms or their relationship to one another. I am not aware of anything in particular about the growth habit of Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus) that relates to your experience, Maureen. If there was a Hericium mushroom that regrew a few weeks after being cut, then that would be an interesting thing to see photo-documented.
  9. I don't think this mushroom represents any of the species I mentioned. The well-formed ring --that appears to be detachable-- favors Leucoagaricus over Lepiota.
  10. Possible chanterelle?

    I agree with Lily, the purple mushroom is Laccaria amethystina.
  11. New: Need Help With IDing these Mushroom

    Eater, ANY mushroom one prepares as food should FIRST be identified to a very high level of confidence. Killer types are found in woods, in fields, on lawns, on wood... Lakings, I think these are a species of Psathyrella. The black on some of the caps is likely a spore deposit (although when most Psathyrella spore prints are collected on a black background and examined closely, the actual color of the print is seen to be very dark purplish brown. I recommend taking spore prints on non-porous background. Psathyrella is a large genus (lots of different species). I think the ones seen here may represent the species Psathyrella candolleana.
  12. ID Help

    I take spore prints on hard surface to avoid the influence of moisture seeping into the medium. I have a "spore board" which is a rectangular piece of white plastic with strips of very thin black electrical tape stuck to the surface so that black/white strips alternate. Another good technique is to take a spore print on a clear glass microscope slide. You can then place the slide over black or white background... except it's sometimes difficult to get a good read on exact color like this, especially if the print is thin. Your print certainly looks like P. ostreatus, Nkr.
  13. I think you're on the right track, diana. Looks like one of the terrestrial "stalked Polypores". Maybe a species from genus Albatrellus ("Sheep Polypore" is Albatrellus ovinus). Maybe Polyporus tuberaster or some other species of Polyporus.
  14. ID Help

    Nice illustration!
  15. I can't tell form the photos whether or not the underside is composed of spines (tooth-like projections). What is the location? Wikipedia indicates at least 13 locations called Humboldt in North America.