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About sdubuisson

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    New Orleans, Louisiana
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    Foraging, herbalism, nature, animals

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  1. Found this in a surburb growing up on a post oak where a tree limb had been cut.(some species of oak im not positive of the id). We had rain about 3 days ago ,and it has been around 40-55 degrees since (normal Louisiana fluxuations, lucky us!). Very velvety cap similar looking to turkey tail, but the pore surface appears to be toothed. Making a spore print now to help out. Anyone familiar with this species? Thanks! Sam
  2. Found this in a mixed pine forest under some slash pine. I'm thinking some hydnellum species, but I can't seem to find anything that looks exactly the same. I didnt think to test for bleeding since I had no idea what this was. I tried spore printing, but since it was old specimines, nothing really showed up. The cap presented white with a red core when newer. I also found an older specimen that was deep red with a brown pore surface. Not sure if they are different species since they were found about .5miles away from one another. Thanks for any advice! Note! The zoomed out picture shows a single different variety to the right. Ignore that one! It is the two white with red core that im concerned about.
  3. On school campus today, I did a bit of a double take when I noticed some shelving mushrooms on a philodendron xanadu plant. The stem to this plant was dead and the mushrooms were in a few small groups. They sure look like oysters to me, but Ive never seen them growing down here (Louisiana) on anything besides oak. Anyone have any experience with this? Ps. I put them in my coffee jar so they got a little browned from coffee. They were pure white initially.
  4. Found a cool spot where a wildlife ecology class was going to explore and asked the professor if there were many mushrooms, he said yes! 5 minutes into the walk.. i think i found a small chantrelle! There were others but much smaller and this was the best looking one to grab and go. Precisely what i was hoping for! Ill be returning to this spot when better prepared with boots and thick jeans. Pretty sure i have 15 mosquito bites from 5 minutes of fast walking through this area. Has a sweet smell, found at the base of a tree in the ground ( not sure the tree species). Will make a spore print as well. Samantha
  5. Hi everyone! Founs these guys around some oaks on the ground. Think they might be R. Brevipes, its a shame none were infected with lobster fungus! Cap: white/yellowish maturing to light orange and brown. Darker rings like a tree stump getting more frequent towards center. Indented center of cap, aysymmetrical. Pore Surface: white gills running to stem, easily detached. No veil seen. Stem: thick/short white stem with a crunchy and tough texture. Bruising: none Taste: somewhat bitter? I didnt do much beside lick it lol Smell: earthy, metallic, fishy (had a bad spot on the cap) Size: palm sized and larger Spore print: light orange, my cat erased half in the picture with a swipe of his tail Ill put the spores under a scope tomorrow at work and add that too. I have some better pictures on my camera if these arent enough! Thanks! Samantha
  6. Ah- I was excited to try a bolete, but I'm glad i didn't! lol. I wouldn't know how to process it and having a sensitive GI makes risky endeavors..unpleasant. Thank you so much again for all the input on this mushroom!
  7. Hey there, sorry for such a late response! I would love to get together, and I dont mind kids joining along unless it is a hassle for you! Is there a way to message you directly on these forums? Hey there Marte, That sounds like it could be an area for foraging! If i was confident with my ID of things, I would love to share some various plants ans mushrooms! As far as morels go, I dont believe they grow this far South, but I really have no idea. There are a few other noteworthy edibles in Louisiana, though! Samantha
  8. So sorry that i didnt see this! I will make a post over there as well, thanks!!
  9. The third picture of the mushroom was budding from the same base as the larger one..would this happen if it was a different species? Also, looking at the various specimines in the area, I noted the pore surfaces all seemed to mature from that deeper orange to yellow as the mushroom grew. Yes, though, they bruised blue rapidly. Pretty much instantaneously. Thats a shame about spore measurements. I work at a vet clinic, and I cant really measure with our microscope. Have you ever consumed this species? Thanka for responding, and here are some better pictures!
  10. Bonus! Found some more outside my work...under an oak tree. These seem a lot more brown on the top of the cap. Thw blue bruising is from me gently holding the mushroom. It bruised within seconds.
  11. Hi all! Found a cute little patch of possible boletes under an oak tree on my college campus. I have some pictures, including pics of the spore print and the spores under a microscope at high power/oil immersion. When looking at the spores for each species in online texts, I couls not find much difference in the spores between the species...is there a trick I am missing? I will upload the pictures of the bright blue bruising that happens within 2 seconds later today from my better camera. I think it is more likely to be sensibilis because of the speed and ease with which it bruises bright blue. I thought this species of bolete wasent found down here in New Orleans...but we have been having a ton of rain lately. Lots of mushrooms popping up everywhere. I really would be intrested in eating a tiny bit of this if i can verify the ID. Has anyone had experience with this variety? Let me know what you all think, and ill add some nicer pictures to this thread after work! Thanks! Samantha
  12. Hey there, My name is Samantha, And I'm interested in fine tuning my mushroom foraging abilities. I have a pretty decent knowledge of wild flora around Southern LA and edible plants, but I really want to become more confident with mushroom species. I know we have chicken of the woods, oysters, sometimes black trumpets, wood ears, and chantrelles around here. I have been IDing them casually for about 2 years but have never consumed any. I wanted to see if any people would be interested in sharing their foraging ideas and introducing me to wild areas in Louisiana. All i know of is start parks where foraging is illegal, and that bums me out-natural areas shouod be a respected resource for all (though i certanly understand why rules are in place). Being a city girl, it's hard for me to determine what is private area and it seems that most nature around our cities are. I've had a lot of luck finding different plant and mushrooms in Clark creek natural area in Mississippi, but that's 2 hours away from me. Not looking to steal anyone's spots, but I would love to have someone willing to show me the ins and outs of country areas in our beautiful state. Willing to compensate as well for your time and effort a friendly hello to everyone! Samantha
  13. Hi there, Looking to identify these mushrooms that are growing on some old oak and pine mixed wood. Sitting above ground for a time and now are on the ground amongst oak leaves and a pecan tree/ oak tree. Fruiting continuously with the daily rain we have been experiencing. Starts out as a vibrant red and matures to reddish brown. Very soft texture, some thin at edges. Almost like cartilage. Including some pictures of picked ( seemed to very out quickly once picked) and some on the logs. You can see some that are spent in these pictures as well- they turn gooey and jelly like within a few days. Any thoughts? I was thinking wood eat but haven't been identifying mushrooms for long. Location: Southern Louisiana Thanks, Samantha
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