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    Painting, Music, Foraging, Gardening

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  1. The photo at the bottom of that page is definitely very close to your photos.
  2. Ok, so I just came across these photos from November of 2018, before I was on this forum. I was visiting Korea, and my wife and I spent some time on Jeju Island, which if you haven't been, is definitely a trip worth taking. Seriously. If Americans knew of that place it would be swarming with us. Anyway, we went for a hike on Hala Mountain, which is in the island's center, and I found these growing on the trail. Not really sure what the trees were, possibly oak of some type mixed with others but there were people cultivating Shiitake's on that same mountainside at any rate. I was not able to find any resource in english that could help me identify mushrooms on Jeju Island, and eventually gave up trying to ID them. It was hard to let them go with all the "foolproof five" lists hedgehogs are on in the US but better safe than sorry of course. But the story doesn't end there. Within the spikes of one of the hedgehogs, I found what appeared to be another mushroom cap. You can see it in several of the photos, and I included a pic of it once removed, sadly at the time my camera phone was not up to the challenge of photographing something so small. I figure either A. It is growing on the "hedgehog" mushroom, or B. It grew up into the spikes, and got stuck in them, and when I plucked the "hedgehog" it remained stuck, and the stem snapped off. Option B would be yet another good reason to look carefully at anything one eats haha. In fact I'm just now noticing that there are definitely more than one of the mysterious mushrooms on the mushrooms! Here's one of the top of the cap
  3. No worries I'm barely out of rookie hood (if at all) myself heh. I noticed that Cajunshroomer's suggestion of A. deardorffensis lists a strong phenol odor as characteristic, would that be in line with the chemical smell you noted?
  4. To elaborate, a volva is a full veil, in that the entire mushroom emerges from within it, this is at the base of the stalk and looks somewhat like an egg. The ring on a stalk is the remnant of a partial veil, which is like a sheet covering the spore surface until maturity when it breaks open to let the mushroom disperse the spores. Some mushrooms have rings but no volva.
  5. Look like oysters to me too. Cap color varies from white to brown, but the flesh should be solid white. You can do a spore print too, should be white or light violet gray. Most I have printed were the latter. Also, assuming they are oysters, they should continue fruiting in that wood, nice luck.
  6. Thanks tried them for the first time, excellent!
  7. Yeah I think I was probably off with that guess heh. The young ones kind of resemble matsutake, but yeah decurrent gills.
  8. Cool photos, I would recommend starting a different thread for each mushroom, with photos of the gills and the whole stalk etc., as it gets quite confusing discussing multiple species in one thread, and it's hard to ID mushrooms from single photos that don't show all the features. The 4th photo down looks like it could be some kind of Armilaria, or maybe Pholiota, and the 5th down appears to be gem studded puffballs. The one below that is gorgeous but I wouldn't hazard a guess for any but those two, especially since you are on a different continent than I am!
  9. Not sure, maybe some type of Tricholoma?
  10. Hi, found these today. Been dry as a bone in MD for about a month now, so I was excited to find something. I'm double checking the spore print color right now, but you can see a bunch has been deposited in the middle photo. Thanks for your help as always, I know there are lots of posts about this particular mushroom!
  11. maybe https://mushroomexpert.com/stropharia_caerulea.html?
  12. So the other day Dave w helped me identify A Neolentinus lepideus I found, when I read up on it I noticed it is listed as appearing on fallen pines in eastern na but primarily on cut timber in western na, made me ponder if it was maybe introduced in the west, from the east, absolutely nothing beyond that to back my pondering up though. Interesting topic!
  13. Really interesting looking. I propose a good common name would be the vanilla ice cream cone mushroom heh.
  14. Best bet for chanterelles- hottest, wettest days of the year. July/August. Early in the day is good, as on the east coast they are bug magnets. I haven’t found any black trumpets this year but last year I harvested them by the bushel out in western md, all in oak dominated woods with lots of moss and not much undergrowth. Not so easy to relate but that seemed to be a particular type of biome they thrive in. In addition to other beginner mushroom suggestions- oysters are very prevalent from October all the way to February in md, a few hours south of you, gilled but still relatively safe for beginners. Cauliflower mushrooms are worth keeping an eye out for, and pear shaped puffballs fruit in October quite plentifully. Really this is the peak of the mushroom season imo, it’s just not great for chanterelles. One of the best resources I’ve come across for beginners is a YouTube channel called learn your land, really fantastic series of mushrooming vids.
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