Pinecones Posted May 11, 2020 Report Share Posted May 11, 2020 I have no intention of consuming these, at all. I've been trying to identify what's coming up in the gardens. The photos are of specimens I collected yesterday afternoon, they're getting dry and shrively now. There are more growing in the garden, these were just the biggest ones I took for ID. If need be I can take photos of fresh ones, too! I found what looks like "egg head" mottlegills growing in my heavily manure-fertilized (mostly rabbit and pig manure) grow beds. It fits the non-microscopic description of the species in Paul Stamet's Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World, EXCEPT that the interior of the stipe on all specimens collected was juicy, brown, with a tiny hollow hole down the length of the stipe. The stipes were not fragile, but snapped cleanly when bent. His description as follows: "Equally to slightly enlarged at the base; solid becoming tubular, and stuffed with a fibrous whitish pith.". I'm not a "try to make it fit" person with identification. The mushrooms look nigh identical to species images, including those from the book. I'm curious if there are sub species/relatives of this mushroom that might explain its juicy brown interior? Maybe it's something entirely different? Spores are black. Cap is slightly moist/shiny and broadly dimple-textured. Like, the surface is slightly wavy all around. They are a buff color when fresh, darkening somewhat near the center. The stipes were more of a beige/buff color when fresh. Caps remain egg shaped in both young and old specimens. Stipes pop out of the cap with a tug, like a socketed joint, versus being fibrously attached to the cap. Gills are attached to the stipe though, you can see evidence of torn gills at the top of the removed stipes. Bottom of the stipe is bulbous and smooth. Smells fresh and mushroomy. Nice sturdy, crisp mushroom. No staining observed with bruising. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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