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  1. I only just noticed this forum section. As someone who works actively with herbal medicine, I was excited. But then a bit crestfallen to find the forum mostly-dead, with the most active posts sort of poo-poo'ing medicinal mushrooms. I find that the best approach to herbal medicine is in understanding what chemicals a plant or plant's specific part is made up of. This is how herbal medicine works, and mushrooms are no different. Claims of cancer-curing "properties" are vague at best. However, if the mushroom acclaimed to have cured cancer has a good concentration of known cancer-figh
  2. Hits the nail on the head! Fantastic, thank you I wouldn't have guessed they'd be poisonous to boot!
  3. I poured through 6 ID books and found nothing on these little guys! They are a solid rich royal purple when the cap is very young (and I mean royal purple!), fading to a soft lavender/grey at full size, then almost to a white color in older age. The mature cap develops a "ringed" color tone, with distinct light/dark rings. The umbo on the cap develops a grey/tan/brown hue on the older specimens. The caps are egg-like when young and richly pigmented, ending with an almost flat surface (except for the umbo) at maturity. (hopefully umbo is the right term, that's what my brain is conjur
  4. We're in zone 3, but these are in a greenhouse that only freezes when it's single digits out. The grow beds are amended heavily with rabbit and pig manure. We recently were hitting 50-60ºf, and the greenhouses can get over 80ºf in direct sun. Though we woke up to an inch of snow today. Winter had to have one last hurrah.
  5. Thank you for your input, Dave! Always neat identifying the volunteer fungi growing around us!
  6. Reading on p. antillarum, same reference; "[Cap color] whitish to greyish at first, soon darkening to mottled blackish." < Definitely no grey or black in the patch. "[Stipe] equal to slightly enlarged, and curved at the base, solid, and somewhat twisted." < not really solid or twisted in what I've dissected.
  7. Edit/Redo; I just harvested a few more and figured I'd edit this one instead of posting a new comment. I felt pretty confident in my memory of the first mushrooms having a ring. But the ones out there today do not. And the first ones don't in the photos I took. Hm. So what's out there is looking old, except this huge one that was growing alone in the same bed about 3 feet away. It's just a baby, probably would've made a hefty mushroom! Other than it's comparatively freakish size, it's got all the features the first ones have. And it has a white center! Not a nice clean break of t
  8. I have no intention of consuming these, at all. I've been trying to identify what's coming up in the gardens. The photos are of specimens I collected yesterday afternoon, they're getting dry and shrively now. There are more growing in the garden, these were just the biggest ones I took for ID. If need be I can take photos of fresh ones, too! I found what looks like "egg head" mottlegills growing in my heavily manure-fertilized (mostly rabbit and pig manure) grow beds. It fits the non-microscopic description of the species in Paul Stamet's Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World, EXCEPT tha
  9. Yeah I didn't think they were the same mushroom. Definitely moist and wet. We had a light snow that hit these mushrooms and melted off. The spore prints were taken on white paper. I know foil is better but that's what I had on hand for taking a print. The print looked clear and normal, but I suppose maybe it's possible that the spores leeched some pigmentation from the cap? It didn't look like that to me at all though. The spores didn't appear moist, were evenly yellow-ed, and the cap was not soggy nor sticking to the paper not apparently transferring moisture to the pape
  10. Good info, thank you! The closest I might have to that would be wet hay. Best case scenario they establish. Worst case they don't Here's to trying!
  11. I will keep looking. I was really taken with these mushrooms; the caps are so unique and colorful! The yellow rings are something I've never seen before on a cap.
  12. Very cool! Thanks for the info! I will do more research on them. Yet another species of mushroom totally new to me I'm enjoying learning about them all and putting 'names to faces' so to speak with my local mushrooms!
  13. yes in researching the species suggested I've learned that both are dangerous, as are many other small parasols
  14. Interesting information, thank you! We do have stinging nettle patches that crop up around here, usually around the creeks and streams. About how deep ahve you planted the butts? I have enough to seed in many different places and see if anything comes of it. Are they fond of manure? Or just plant matter as fertilizer?
  15. Funny, I suspected such a dark uniquely colored mushroom to be easily identified! Ah, what little I know The spore print was definitely yellow-ish. I was surprised; I was expecting a brown spore print since the mushroom was so dark. What I'm seeing of armillaria tabescens looks a little bit more like these others I found, though granted their gills seem whiter than a. tabescens should be? I also found a clustered mushroom that looks like armillaria tabescens, I'll try to get the photo off the camera tonight. But the size difference here! Is it n
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