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  1. Maple is what I usually find G. sessile on. Oak is also reported as a host.
  2. Old Ganoderma fruit bodies. Probably G. sessile. Is the wood hardwood? Looks like maybe oak.
  3. I had not previously heard the name "Cinnamon Cap" applied to a given species of mushroom. I googled "Cinnamon Cap Mushroom" and got a website that says this is a name applied to Hypholoma lateritium (aka. H. sublateritium). Here in eastern NA people call this "Brick Cap Mushroom". So-called common names can be confusing. If you're asking if the mushrooms in the photo are Hypholoma lateritium, I think the answer is "no." H. lateritium generally has a brick-red cap color. Are there tiny scales on the caps seen in the photo? Actually, tiny amalgamations of hairs, perhaps concentrated in the centers? My guess is these mushrooms may be a species of Armillaria. But, this suggestion does not come along with high confidence. Need to know more details... see the undersides, see the entire stalks, know the spore print color. Sometimes even this much info is not enough to confidently propose a species name.
  4. Not sure about the level of tolerance Pleurotus has for the cold. But, seeing as they can continue to fruit into the early winter --even up here in NE PA-- I think the mushrooms can probably freeze/thaw and continue to grow. I think that 40s-50s during the day may be warm enough for them to continue to expand. I'd be interested in hearing how those little ones of yours do during this cold period of weather. Up here the days are now staying below freezing and the nights are down into the teens and single-digit temps. It's over for awhile here.
  5. These look like Pleurotus ostreatus to me. This species is common during the fall and early winter, until it gets too cold. There's another species with common name "Late Fall Oyster" (sarcomyxa serotina) that's not related to Pleurotus. The ones seen here are not S. serotina.
  6. These are way too old and beat-up to suggest a confident ID.
  7. Best to create one post per type of mushroom. Trying to discuss several mushroom IDs within a single thread gets confusing. Much of what is seen here is old and decaying. Best to harvest fungi for ID discussion when examples in good condition are available. I think the top photo may be Ganoderma curtisii. I also believe I see Trichaptum 8, Trametes betulina 9, Trametes gibbosa 5, and maybe a species of Stereum 7.
  8. Thin flesh points toward T. versicolor, Turkey Tail.
  9. How think is the flesh? I think Trametes ochracea may also be considered here. In any case, they look to be old and well past prime.
  10. Phyllotopsis nidulans is commonly called the "Stinking Orange Oyster". But, in my experience the foul odor is often absent from this species. Spore print pale pinkish/orangish.
  11. Is this location Manchester, UK? Photos taken outdoors in natural light --shaded area near an open sunlit area, or in the open on a cloudy day-- tend to produce photos with more accurate color and detail. Given the report that the thickness of these is only a couple mm, and that pores are visible on the undersides (I can't see them in the photo), I agree these are likely Trametes versicolor (Turkey Tail). There are a few other species of Trametes that resemble T. versicolor. But these other species generally produce thicker fruit bodies. Regarding the use of Acorus calamus, Wiki provides some reasons for concern. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorus_calamus
  12. Thanks you, Deepa. If you decide later to make your own MO post for these mushrooms, then I'll take my post down. https://mushroomobserver.org/483140
  13. I think these are Lepista tarda, aka. Clitocybe tarda. If correct the spore print should be a pale pinkish color. Collect the print on a non-absorbent white material. This way, you will most easily se any difference from white. You may need a substantial print to see the difference from white. But, if you collect the print on a black background then it may appear to be white even if it isn't. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitocybe_tarda Lepista/Clitocybe tarda is related to Lepista/Clitocybe nuda, a mushroom that is edible for most people and is commonly called "Blewit". Lepista tarda is also edible, but please note that I am not completely confident about this ID proposal. Some smallish lawn-inhabiting species of genus Clitocybe are dangerously toxic. Nice photos! But for future reference, it's a good idea to harvest at least one mushroom and photograph the underside and entire stalk. For ID discussion we want to see the entire mushroom. Do not cut off above ground level. Instead, slide a knife into the ground under the mushroom and pop it out of the ground. This would work well for the mushrooms seen in this discussion. But, for some types it's necessary to dig fairly deeply into the ground to get the entire specimen.
  14. Champignons du Quebec does not list a season for Agrocybe sororia. I think A. sororia is probably more likely during Spring. However, some types of early season mushrooms are apt to appear late in the season during a spell of warm weather. Without support of microscopic traits I would not confidently call these Agrocybe sororia; but this looks like a reasonable proposal. Cyclocybe erebia --similar to Agrocybe-- is a Fall species that has a partial veil.
  15. I sometimes see this type of protruding "inverted underside" on Lepista nuda (Blewit).
  16. I think these may be Trametes lactinea. The pores look to be larger than those of the similar T. cubensis. I agree these are not T. gibbosa which --as Calvert said-- has elongate/slotlike/mazelike pores. Looking on Mushroom Observer, it appears that T. lactinea is fairly common in the SE areas of NA. Another possibility is T. pavoina, a species of SE NA.
  17. How thick is the flesh in these polypores, eulersLog? The flesh looks kinda thick for Trametes versicolor (Turkey Tail). Also, the growth habit as a group of well-separated individual fruit bodies is not typical for T. versicolor. I think these may represent some other species of Trametes... maybe T. gibbosa?
  18. I think you will need to allow these to mature somewhat in order to get a better read on traits yet to develop. Looks to be in the button stage, probably will expand and spread/flatten somewhat. I don't think this is Laetiporus sulphureus, color seems too pale. But, it may be Laetiporus gilbertsonii var. pallidus, a pale orange Chicken Mushroom listed as a fall/winter oak-inhabiting species of southern NA. Second guess... Inonotus quercustris. But, for now I'd lean toward L. gilbersonii var. pallidus.
  19. A. mutabilis is listed as an associate of oak and/or pine.
  20. Lactarius quietus var. incanus looks like a good fit. Gills are stained cinnamon but the latex appears to not be causing any color change. To achieve high confidence with some Lactarius IDs it is sometimes necessary to mount the spores in Melzers reagent and then assess whether or not the amyloid warts on the spores are isolated, connected, or form a reticulation. I have IDed what I believed to be L. quietus var. incanus with an extra gill surface projecting through the cap (like is seen here).
  21. Amanita mutabilis looks like a good proposal. Habitat fits (sandy Atlantic coastal). What type(s) of tree(s) are present? The pink staining may need some help... like rubbing/injuring the stalk or maybe slicing into it.
  22. Pluteus cervinus probably represents a group of closely related species. Cap color is quite variable for these types. Spore print color is always pinkish-tan (some people perceive this as light brown) and microscopic features do not vary.
  23. Yup, Oysters. The late season Pleurotus (mostly P. ostreatus) are really good edibles because they are thicker-fleshed than the summer ones (usually P. pulmonarius) and usually are insect free when the weather is cooler. The small really dark ones seen in the photo of the cluster may be a bit dry; they look to be older than the larger caps. Check the texture on those small/dark ones. If they seem tough it may be a good idea to trim them away and use only the large fresh-looking ones.
  24. That's another possibility, Lepista. Reminds me somewhat of Lepista tarda (L. sordida is a similar European species). There are also a few other rather obscure Lepista species.
  25. Looks like the gills are free, ie. they do not reach/touch the stalk. If so, then I think these are a species of Pluteus. Knowing spore print color would be helpful (although perhaps not conclusive, as some types of Entoloma mushrooms have gills that barely touch the stalk and spore print color very similar to Pluteus).
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