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  1. Goodness yeah it seems there's a lot of stuff it could be, definitely not one for the novice's table then. I was wondering regarding your other comment on the tricholoma post whether or not you guys are concerned about the fact that as late as the year 2014 people are describing hitherto edibles as potentially poisonous and what confidence we can have that much of the stuff we're eating today won't also be described as poisonous by the year 2100!? Maybe we should be thinking about safety at a more organic compound level rather than history of known issues given that diet is almost im
  2. Thanks for the confirmation Dave much appreciated.
  3. Fair enough I suppose if it's not white it narrows it down quite a lot. I'll try to get in the habit of bringing one home with me then. Cheers. What do you think about Melanoleuca anyway? Apparently there are some 30+ species in the UK many of which are common. There must be one that lives in meadows, is out at this time of year, and has a brown stem. Must need a good book or something to find it documented.
  4. Hi, no someone recently suggested that spore prints were almost always white and therefore prints were only useful in identifying what a mushroom is not (in special circumstances like parasols where the poisonous one is green) rather than what it is. Maybe he's wrong though or you need to be better at interpreting them. I do have a crappy microscope from the 1980s actually (40x magnification 0.65na) I have been wondering how helpful that might be for narrowing stuff down if there were any simple rules to follow. Obviously I'm a complete novice at all this.
  5. Quick update.. Found some online tool where you can upload the photos and it came back with some pretty good suggestions as a starting point. I'll probably try that before pestering you guys next time as I don't have a decent key/book yet. The best suggestions were types of "Monk Cap" or Melanoleuca. I don't think this is it because the stem is the wrong colour but in other areas it's a good fit so guessing that's the family. The dude describes the family as "notoriously hard to identify" and therefore while some are edible they shouldn't be collected for food. I'll probably stick to that
  6. Hi guys, Could I please get a little help IDing these? I think they are all different specimens of the same species. Growing in Oxfordshire (Southern UK) today, November the 22nd. Growing in a grazed meadow along side Snowy Waxcaps. There were quite a few around so thought it would be worth learning if they were edible. Usually growing as singletons but you find another every several meters across the entire meadow. Smell was quite mild but not unlike a supermarket shiitake. Not really sure where to start so any ideas of family etc that might narrow it down a bit would be very much apprec
  7. Don't worry Dave I'm still alive (was just about to write another post actually) thanks for the heads up! I did notice the controversy around Tricholoma and edibility so decided to steer clear of them. Shame though as there must be a hundred kilos here in just a few hundred meters of forest.
  8. Thanks a lot Jeff, yeah I think that's it. Didn't realise there were others which had this same absurdly brittle/exploding character outside the russula family, I guess the stem was the give away I should have made sure it was more solid before jumping to conclusions.
  9. Think I worked it out, Grey Knight?
  10. Hi, wasted about an hour resizing all the pics and posting this on some shoddy website called fungi.org only for some admin to delete it without explaining why. They sound like a bunch of teenagers who get off on what limited power they wield in their bedrooms to pretend to be adults in online forums anyway. Rant over, hey guys hope someone can help me! If anyone can help with an ID, or at least to narrow it down to the family I'd most appreciate it: Habitat was mixed juvenile beech / conifer woodland, growing in significant numbers, maybe 100+ specimens around in Oxfordshire, south
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