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  1. Hello everyone, Today I went on a fun hike and discovered some white mushrooms that gave me some trouble identifying at first due to its choice in substrate. I’m pretty sure that I have it identified correctly, but as it is the first specimen I have decided to eat, I wanted to double check with more experienced mushroom hunters. I will provide my detailed field notes and some pictures that I managed to take while on my hike. I will not describe what I THINK this mushroom is in hopes to get a fresh perspective on the matter Thanks for your help. Cap: 2.5-7cm across on average. True white caps with smudges of brown occasionally. Mature caps are depressed with extremely wavy margins, some I would even classify as infundibuliform (trumpet shaped) in nature. Some caps are even lobed, the stipe separating two halves of a single cap. When wet, the cap is a bit slimy (lubricous); it lacks any hairs or scales. Margin is slightly incurved in places (more prominent in older specimens). This species does not bruise AT ALL. Flesh is thick, firm, and meaty. It has an absolutely LOVELY smell. It smells very sweet with earthy undertones. I would go as far as to say it smells something like licorice (but that is just my speculation). Taste is mild and sweet. Gills: Gills are slightly decurrent, traveling a couple of millimeters down the stipe. Very close in young specimens and sub-distant in older fruiting bodies. Gills are true white but some dry to have a pale straw-colored tint. A single false gill is between each of the true gills. Gills do not bruise at all. Spore print turned out pure white (though some seemed to be JUST SLIGHTLY pinkish in hue). Stipe (stem): 0.5 – 2 cm thick, approximately 0.5 – 2 cm in length. Oval in shape and solid with a fibrous pith. No veil, no volva. Stems actually seem to get smaller toward the base. Stem is concolorous with the rest of the mushroom. No hairs, scales, or annuli. Stipe can be central to the cap, but most often is seen offset to one side of the mushroom as they are found in small clusters. Doesn’t bruise. It isn’t brittle or very fibrous; it’s meaty like the cap. Season: I just collected these, so they should be hardy enough to handle mid-winter in the central valley of California fairly well. Last week we had a massive storm front. It had been dry for a few days, but last night it rained pretty hard and cleared up by morning. Temperature high for today 61 (hotter than it has been in a while - average high last week was mid 50’s) and the low is 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Lots of sun today. Habitat: Found on the other side of the fence from a cow farm. I found straw in the substrate, so I would classify it as a well-manuered straw compost. Mushrooms were growing on a well-drained bank, amongst California nettle, in small crowded clusters. Pictures:
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