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I found these in the back yard a few days ago and I am a little puzzled by them. I wasn't going to go as far as to post an ID request, but this morning, when I woke up, the 2 caps I had covered with a bowl(overnight sporeprint) were completely covered in myc! It was awesome, all long and fluffy. And it looked as though it were stretching up, searching for more substrate to cling to. I immediately grabbed my camera to get a shot, but it's batteries died as I powered it on.
Now I am wondering if I should attempt my first colonization?
Habitat/Substrate: Found growing under some type of pine tree; growing in red clay, and grass with a light covering of pine needles.
Caps: The pictures seem to display the colors fairly accurately, pretty much all the colors of the rainbow. Smallest cap is about the size of a golf ball; largest is a baseball cut in half. Shape varies.
Do they bleed? IDK, I never got a milky substance from them when handling them. Perhaps they were just too old/dry? They look like Lactarius chelidonium var. chelidonioides or perhaps Lactarius deliciosus var. olivaceosordidus?
Texture: Slimy and sticky when wet. I didn't check for a separable pellicule but I can if you need me to.
Sporeprint: I printed on tinfoil and it seems to be an off-white/peachy color. You could almost say cream, but not quite that much white in it.
Cortina? (so pretty!)
Cap color variations:
Gills from an oldish specimen:
<<My piece of paper kept slipping into the shot.
Well, there it is, my first ID request!
Thanks for taking a look!
I am studying my terminology and hope to have a clearer, more concise request for you the next time I post(picture quality can improve as well). If anyone knows where I can find the best key, I would appreciate that info very much as well.