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  1. I think this mushroom represents a species of genus Entoloma. Possibly toxic. If correct, spore print should be salmon-pink.
  2. Looks like you have found a perfect specimen of Lion's Mane Mushroom; Hericium erinaceus.
  3. Interesting. Not sure if this is just a color variant of L. sulphureus, or some other poorly understood species. I have seen one type of Laetiporus that has pale pore surface, pinkish upper surface, and grows directly on standing oak; probably an undocumented species. But this is different.
  4. Not sure of the answer to that last question. But, I would try to allow the bark intact. So, I would cut the mushrooms off.
  5. I agree these are likely Flammulina velutipes. But, as you say, confusion with the deadly poisonous Galerina marginata is always a concern with F. velutipes. Spore print for F. velutipes is white; for Galerina marginata the spore print is brown. These look to be a bit past prime, but not decomposing.
  6. Oyster Mushrooms; species of Pleurotus. Those look like prime examples.
  7. Dmitriy, I'll message you with my address.
  8. I see the reticulations on the upper surface of the stalk. I think this is Tylopilus tabacinus.
  9. No white chanterelles are known to occur in NY. Separable hymenium does suggest Leucopaxillus; but the gills don't look right for this genus, too well separated and looking kinda thick and waxy which is why I thought maybe Hygrophorus. You correctly point out that most of the late fall Hygrophorus species feature slimy caps (and often slimy everything). But some types dry out and the slime/viscidity disappears. Leucopaxillus have amyloid spores (need Melzer's reagent to determine). Most Clitocybe have small/narrow spores that look different from Hygrophorus spores. If you're really inter
  10. The "Tricholoma" incidents give rise to at least two considerations. 1. Presumably edible mushrooms (with a few notable exceptions) should be well cooked. Some toxins are volatile and need to be "cooked out". 2. In general, mushrooms should not be consumed in large quantities, especially not over consecutive days. The Tricholoma controversy is not yet settled; still not well-understood why people in France and Poland became seriously ill after consuming large quantities of Tricholoma equestre (or at least mushrooms representing one of the taxa grouped together under this name)
  11. Still a good idea to confirm with spore print. Some species of Entoloma resemble Melanoleuca. Entoloma mushrooms --which include a number of toxic types-- have salmon-pink spore prints. As mentioned, Melanoleuca mushrooms have white spore prints.
  12. Light brown tubes and pores suggest genus Tylopilus. T. tabacinus looks like a possibility. Some Tylopilus species are bitter tasting. Another species that may merit consideration is Boletus durhamensis. According to the Bolete Filter (online source), B. durhamensis has been found only in NC and VA. In a few of the photos, the layer of tubes appears to be separable from the rest of the cap flesh. This would point away from genus Suillus. The only species of Suillus that associates with oak (that I know) is S. subaureus. The mushrooms seen here do not look like S. subaureus. Do
  13. I don't recognize this species. Clusters on the lawn appear to possibly be following submerged roots (of a tree). This growth pattern suggests Armillaria/Desarmillaria tabescens. The overall appearance looks different than what I'd expect; although the appearance of A./D. tabescens is variable. Not sure if the species is known to occur in British Columbia. When wild mushrooms pop up in an area frequented by a small child or a pet, the best thing to do is remove the mushrooms and discard them.
  14. Did you consider genus Hygrophorus? The gills look to be widely-spaced for Leucopaxillus.
  15. Certainly a species of Agaricus. Phenol odor strongly suggests this mushroom is a sickener. Looks like the photos of A. hondensis seen here http://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/species/Agaricus_hondensis.html . In particular, the brownish disc, the persistent felt-like ring, and the large size fit this species.
  16. I agree, a species of Melanoleuca. If not M. melaleuca then something close. The color of the stem varies for M. melaleuca.
  17. Most species of Pluteus start out with gills white/whitish. As the pink spores mature, the gills darken.
  18. The white spore print rules out Entoloma abortivum (which seemed quite unlikely anyway). Frosted appearance on cap suggests comparison with Clitocybe ditopus. Although the mushroom seen here appears to be large/robust for this species https://www.mycoquebec.org/bas.php?trie=C&l=l&nom=Clitocybe ditopus / Clitocybe ubiquiste&tag=Clitocybe ditopus&gro=130 .
  19. It's a Pluteus mushroom. Notice how the gills terminate in rounded edges that come up short of the stalk. There's a thin/smooth annular area on the cap underside comprising the separation between the gills and stalk. Looks like a species housed in section Pluteus of genus Pluteus, which is where the P. cervinus types are placed. Are these technically examples of P. cervinus? I think microscopy would be required to gain confidence one way or another. But, aside from the somewhat pale appearance of the spore print, these fit the general description of P. cervinus.
  20. Laccaria striatula is usually found in mossy forested areas. But, I think the genus Laccaria applies here. Probably either L. laccata or L. proxima. Observing spore measurements is necessary to make this distinction.
  21. Does look a bit unusual for Laetiporus... large somewhat concave fronds. And the mention of hard/brittle surface seems wrong. But, I can't think of any other ID proposal that fits. Species of Picipes are vaguely similar. But the bright yellow undersides really point toward Laetiporus. As has been suggested, maybe this one dried out in situ instead of progressing to decay?
  22. These mushrooms look like Galerina marginata, deadly poisonous. Very common in my area beginning in October and lasting as long as the weather warms up once in awhile. I usually stop finding them around the end of November. But some years they persist sporadically throughout the winter. Usually they reappear in the spring. Cool/cold weather appearing on wood, yellow or brown cap, brown spore print (usually rusty), and partial veil that forms a ring on the stalk. The gills seen here look kinda off for this species. Ice crystals suggest they probably have been frozen, or at least soaked. I suppo
  23. I have consumed Grifola frondosa for years, without incident. However, I have a few possibly relevant comments. I once gave a large Maitake/Hen-of the-Woods/Sheep's-Head/Ram's-Head to a cousin of mine who maintains a vegan diet. After several consecutive days of consuming this as a main dinner ingredient he developed indigestion, at which point he threw the remainder of the mushroom into the compost. As mentioned in one comment above, toleration for processing fiber is not the same for all people. Even someone who can tolerate digesting high-fiber foods in substantial quantity is likely t
  24. A key feature in IDing a mushroom to genus Pluteus is to observer whether the gills are attached to or free of the stalk. To this end it's best to photograph the underside of the cap with the stalk still attached to the cap. These mushrooms look like Pluteus to me, although as mentioned the print is kinda pale (at least for the types lumped into the P. cervinis complex). On the other hand, the print may be too thin to get a good read on the color. Maybe try to get a thicker print on a non-absorbent white surface? Or, perhaps these mushrooms represent a species of Pluteus other than P. ce
  25. In this most recently posted photo you can see that the layer of gill material could be separated/peeled from the rest of the cap. This is strong evidence contrary to this mushroom possibly being some type of Chanterelle. Otherwise, it does not look like a Chanterelle to me. Maybe a species of Clitocybe? If I found a mushroom here in PA that looked like this I would consider Entoloma abortivum. But I'm not sure if E. abortivum is known to occur in OR. Knowing spore print color may be useful.
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