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Found this on a hike in Washington state in a forest full of pine, fir, birch, and beech. I believe this is an old pine stump. The first two pictures are of a mushroom that’s a tad old and wrinkled, but the last three are of one mushroom that was still moist and fresh (the oval shaped one). I have no guesses unfortunately. Wasn’t able to get a spore print on any of them either

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Looks like Neolentinus ponderosus.  The gills look sawtoothed, and the cap and coloration fit, as well as being on conifer.

They can get pretty large.

https://mushroomobserver.org/218421?q=1LQGf

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Now that I look over the pictures I believe you are right. Thank you! Only one was rather fresh, the other were almost in a “dried” stage from the dry heat we’ve been having lately. I’ll have to look out for them next time. Thanks!

Wikipedia lists them as a good edible when young, however they’re still edible while old, just tough. Can somebody confirm that?

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Neolentinus, almost certainly. Does N. lepideus occur in the Pacific Northwest? 

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Hi Dave, N. lepideus does occur here.  I initially discounted it due to cap and color, but after looking at some other pics it does seem to match pretty good.  Off center stem narrowing to the base.

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A good resource for checking if particular mushroom species occur in the PNW is Mushroom Distributions in the PNW  .  It shows that both N. lepideus and N. ponderosus occur in WA.

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