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  1. Just in case anyone was wondering... I decided it was low risk enough to do some small edibility tests over a few days (starting with very little bits) and eventually without any adverse reactions I worked my up to frying up a decent handful and making a good meal out of them. So far so good and I'll for sure be harvesting more in the coming weeks and keeping an eye out for the umbrella trees to try and locate more!
  2. Hi again -- came across these beauties just a few minutes up the road from where I live -- and if I'm not badly mistaken, surely these are some species of Oyster mushrooms? Barely any occurrence records of these growing up my way (North Queensland, Australia) so I'll be sure to upload this observation onto Mushroom Observer as well as iNaturalist... but I can be pretty much certain that these are in the Pleurotus genus right and will be edible? Because as you'll see in the bottom pic below I got myself a decent haul and there's many younguns still growing on the roots of the tree that'll be providing many more clusters over the next few weeks I imagine! Have yet to try these so I'm keen as mustard, but still want to be sure! And if anyone's interested I found about 5 clusters, some separated by up to 20 meters growing off the roots of the Australian Umbrella tree (Schefflera actinophylla) which is quite common down here... I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for these in the future!
  3. Ah yes that looks to be a good match at least as far as genus goes, many thanks once again Dave. I'll have to go visit the cluster in the evening and see if they're the bioluminescent species F. manipularis!
  4. Hi guys, came across this cluster of interesting looking little species... when I spotted them from the top I thought for sure they'd be some type of agaric but was surprised to see it had pores when I checked underside of cap... still very new to identifying mushrooms so not sure if these are common to come across or not but thought they looked interesting/unusual. So far no luck in finding anything similar online so any tips in the right direction would be much appreciated! Cheers.
  5. Just an update regarding the spore print, I think it was a little too far gone by the time I got to trying to get a print... all I got was yellow/ochre liquid drop out -- but perhaps at least that gives indication of the spore print color?
  6. Appreciate the replies. I'll see if I can get a spore print later today, and in the meantime as per Dave's recommendation I've posted this onto Mushroom Observer as well, didn't know about that site until now, so thanks!
  7. Spotted this big one while driving home... closest thing I could find on the net is Amanita ochrophylla, but I'm still a newbie when it comes to mushrooms so any suggestions much appreciated!
  8. Ah yes, T. balloui looks like a close match. Thanks guys!
  9. Hi -- found these while I was out prospecting/metal detecting. Wasn't able to take pictures in their natural setting due to rain at the time so I brought a few specimens home -- but even with the flash the orange colour you see in the pictures is pretty much what they look like to my eyes. I think they were slightly more orange when I first spotted them but handling seems to have made them stain a lighter/whiter shade where touched. Am I correct in presuming they're a Boletes, and any idea on species? Found in Far North QLD, Australia by the way. Cheers!
  10. Hi Dave -- here's a pic of the underside of some sections I cut from the larger specimen... might give you a better idea. To me it looks like they're all separated from each other and run in a straight line from 1 end to the other... as for depth, maybe 1mm? They're pretty thin and don't have a lot of flesh to them.
  11. I think the Lentinus sajor-caju is the best consideration so far. Many of the pics I browsed look almost identical, at least to the smaller specimen, and I checked iNaturalist for occurrences nearby and there are indeed multiple observations (identification agreed upon by a couple others to be Lentinus sajor-caju), this one being the closest to where I found my specimens: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/37203331 The specimens I have definitely have identical looking ridges/gills as in the pictures from the links you've shared... for some reason they're just not very visible in the pic I took of the underside. Apparently they are edible, but without absolute 100% confirmation I'd still be hesitant to put that to the test just yet... but at least I think we're very close to narrowing it down. The one thing still potentially throwing me off is the very large specimen which has fruiting bodies clustered/layered upon each other... I haven't yet seen a pic of the Lentinus sajor-caju like that... they all seem to be separate/distinct bodies with fairly uniformly round edges (by comparison). I still think with the layered specimen it looks closer to P. pulmonarius but they don't typically seem to have as pronounced a stem as my ones seem to... mine is like a weird cross between P. pulmonarius and L. sajor-caju! Which funnily enough, I believe used to be identified as the same species until 1975.
  12. Yeah you're right, looking at pics of Chanterelles and quite different, not to mention this was growing out of a decaying tree. I don't think it's a polypore though, I'm a bit more familiar with the polypores we get around here and this is quite different. Almost more like something from the Pleurotus genus perhaps?
  13. Hi -- guessing most members here are based in the US but hoping you can help with at least confirming whether or not this is a Chanterelles? Only recently gained a interest in foraging for wild edible mushrooms here in Far North QLD, Australia -- in the wet tropics. Was actually looking for a species of Chanterelles that has been observed in my area in the past (on iNaturalist and also Atlas of Living).... however stumbled across this magnificent beast growing on a rotten log in the rainforests, which is very different from the Chanterelles I was looking for but still looks like it could be in the Cantharellus genus perhaps? Here's the link to the observation I logged on iNaturalist, pictures can be seen on there. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/37935089 Let me know if any questions... also I collected the specimens and have them currently stored in my fridge so if needed I can take better pictures. Cheers, navieko
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