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  1. 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 paper.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. yes in researching the species suggested I've learned that both are dangerous, as are many other small parasols
  6. 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?
  7. 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 normal for a. tabescens to vary so drastically in size? I'm looking into a. ostoyae at the moment. It seems to be larger and darker to begin with. I'm totally new to armillaria here, just investigating
  8. I picked a nice heap of shaggies while picking wild plums. They plucked up out of the ground very cleanly, and their bases came up with substrate and mycelium attached. I trimmed all the bases off before drying and have them set aside, I've got them in a grocery bag all together right now. I dried the lot of mushrooms (after confident identification) and we've been sampling them in meals and seem to tolerate them digestively and really enjoy them. So I wonder about growing them at home here. Any input on possibly propagating them from these bases I saved? The only patterns I've seen with them is that they always seem to be near a plum or flowering plum in moist wood chips/woody debris. We just started our fruit trees this year. They're still tiny. We have 2 plums in a greenhouse, several pears in a greenhouse, plus a dozen apples and a few stone fruit outdoors. The greenhouses are USDA zone 4, outside is zone 3. We have several greenhouses available in different places and sizes, so if they need to be propagated strictly in the GH, we've got ample room for them. The outdoor fruit trees are planted in deep pockets of humus; rotted wood from the logging that happened about 20 years ago. Lots of humus to go around here! It's not quite the same as wood chips, but maybe even better? Maybe not since it's already decayed? Will they take to conifer wood debris? Old conifer stumps? Thoughts? I've never succeeded in any lazy attempts to propagate my own mushrooms, but it's something I'd seriously enjoy learning for culinary shrooms! We try to grow and forage as much of our own food as possible, and mushrooms to the alpine forest are like fruits to the tropical forest! A boon of sustenance... if you know who's who
  9. I don't normally fuss with LBM identification, except for the times when I see ones that seem extra unique like these; growing quite vigorously on an old stump. I was able to break a cluster off and it remained clustered, they were a little bit fused at the base, as opposed to totally individual mushrooms. I took a spore print and I'm pretty sure it was white, but I may have gotten it confused with another LBM print I took. I didn't organize my prints very well :x If my memory serves me, I bruised/crushed a specimen and didn't note any discoloration or bruising. Growing high elevation conifer forest, obviously it's snowy and a bit chilly right now.
  10. High elevation conifer forest. These were growing in a draw where a creek shifts between above and underground; the area is quite moist and cold, lots of brackish materials and rotting wood. This time of year the creek is mostly just keeping the ground mushy, it's not flowing. Our draws have mountain maple, dogwood, willow, several kinds of berries, and occasionally aspen in them. Along with the moisture loving firs and spruce. I don't recall these mushrooms actually being attached to anything, rather just growing in the substrate.
  11. Yes! These mushrooms endured a frost and light snow. I will look into Armillarias!
  12. I found a few of these duper dark mushrooms; two were obviously passed their prime. Yellow-ish cream spores. Fruit large, with the smaller caps 2-3" across and the larger 4-5" across. I haven't found any species leads but mushrooms used for dying came to mind due to their rich color? toa
  13. That's interesting to hear! I don't touch any LBM as a food prospect. I don't feel confident enough to differentiate them from one another. I can walk up the hillside and pick 50+ tiny mushrooms, mostly brown/tan, every one would be a different species. That's intimidating!
  14. I've been exploring both species and the magnispora seems most likely! Thank you for the guidance! I'm excited to learn we have leps up here!
  15. Found close to 6,000ft elevation, yes. I didn't think the parasols came this tiny! I know the shaggy parasols were booming around 3,500ft in the last 2 weeks. I will research both suggestions
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