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  1. Hello! I'm new here and would like to ask some help for identifying what type of morel this is. There are a lot of them grown in my backyard now. Want to be sure if they can be cooked and eaten. Thanks
  2. OK, trying to adhere to the following requirements for identification, so hope I get these pictures correct and give enough information to ID, please let me know if this method is acceptable. Thanks in advance for comments and information!! By the way I am in South MS, about 20 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico with mostly pine trees, water oaks, and live oaks in and around our yard. Thanks Again! Jeff The preferred photos of the mushroom include the cap, the gills/pores, the base of the stem, the entire mushroom in profile. One or two photos of any unusual or otherwise interesting feature may also be helpful. NO Blurry photos
  3. Hello forum. I have lots of mushrooms growing in my yard, especially the part that is a bit of a pine forest and natural. These are actually growing under a camellia in big fairy circle fashion (half circle actually) that is surrounded by huge old pines. I only have a field guide and feel uncertain about them, well, my id of them at least. I titled the photo as Agaricus Campestris as that is what my neighbor thought. Thank You for any help. I also have lots of the other two types. .
  4. Hi all. I've been lurking around the forum for a couple of years hoping to learn what some mushrooms are that grow in my yard around my maple trees every fall. I've finally remembered to take some pictures to post. I understand that mushrooms can't be precisely identified in this manner, but I'd be happy if some of you could give educated guesses. As I said, the mushrooms appear almost overnight in late summer or early fall. The quickly grow and then rot, becoming infested with maggots. They then turn into a black slimy goo. Does anyone have a suggestion?
  5. Hi everyone! I am new to this site, but from what I see so far, I am impressed! I'm fairly new to mushroom hunting. I have successfully hunted a few species of easily identifiable fungi here in Vermont, such as chaga, ganoderma tsugae, morels, chanterelles, etc. Today on my way back from work I noticed a cluster of very large, beefy white mushrooms poking up from the rich mulch around some cedar trees that were surrounded by a lawn. Their size was impressive, so I brought them home, hopeful I might identify them as edible. Sadly, the two books I have on mushrooms do not instill enough confidence to allow me to try them. I am hoping that someone here will be able to identify these! Near as I can tell, they are either Horse Mushrooms, or Meadow Mushrooms. They are rather large, with the largest caps somewhere around 5" in diameter. They do not seem to turn any color where bruised. ( I read that bruised flesh that turns yellow indicates a Agaricus xanthodermus) The gills are dense, and white (in the young specimens) to light browish-pink in the larger specimens. There are veils on the stalks, as you can see. Any ideas? I'm concerned that I may have Destroying Angels on my hands here, and my desire to stay in the realm of the living is a motivating factor for their proper identification! Thanks!
  6. So, as many of you already know, I’m a newbie to the realm of mycology. My newfound interest has been fueled by my recent move to Washington and by a couple Paul Stamets lectures. As I hike around and keep an open eye while walking about town I have taken 10-12 samples of different kinds of mushrooms so far. Even with this modest number, I’m having trouble organizing and consistently labeling what I find. So my question(s): When you find a mushroom you can’t identify, what steps do you take? Other than pictures, what do else do you save from your find? (spore prints, dried caps, stipe, etc.) What characteristics do you ALWAYS identify/measure when dealing with a mushroom you can’t identify? Thanks for the tips! Dave
  7. Okay, so I (well, actually my girlfriend) bought David Arora's "All That the Rain Promises and More..." and it's help me to start the identification process. Maybe "Mushrooms Demystified" for Christmas? So I found this mushroom Oct. 31st at Green Lake park in Seattle. It was growing on the ground on the edge of a mulch bed. I think I have more field notes at home to post, but I thought it had some pretty distinct characteristics to begin with. The closest resemblance I got from David's guide was the Agaricus silvicola pictured on pg. 100. Here's my pics. As always, thanks for the suggestions.
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