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I just got interested in mushrooms a few weeks ago, and I'm trying to rack up some experience with mushrooms in general just to learn about them (not just the active ones). Since it hadn't rain here in Georgia for the past couple weeks (until yesterday), I hadn't gotten a chance to go out hunting. But last night I found this popping up in my yard, and it's the first mushroom I've found that I'd like to ID:
Habitat: Front yard, couple feet from a pecan tree Gills: White, not crowded (close?), I believe these would be considered free gills. Veil: None noticed... no veil remenants noticed either. Stem: White and fibrous, tough, browning areas on surface (see picture). Cap: White with tan/brown splotches. Broken at 4 places along edge. approx 3" dia. Spore print color: White Bruising: None noticed Location: Central Ga
I checked one guide and I think it's either a Tricholomopsis Platyphylla or a Pluteus Cervinus...?
The white spores rule out Pluteus, and though it is difficult to see from the photos, I would bet that your mushroom has attached gills. In mushrooms with free gills, there is a distinct ring of non-gillness where the stem attaches to the bottom of the cap.
So many mushrooms are similiar to yours which many times can be only seperated by a microscope but practice on this one by doing a couple of the basics by cutting off the stem leaving a little behind on the shroom then from the top cut the cap in half. Are the gills attatched to the stem at all or completely free from it only in contact with the cap ?
Also always want to check to see if base of stem is growing out of any kind of bag or sac at the ground level.
Then go get the book Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora....its the best
It can help you easily ID alot of mushrooms.
One of my local libraries has 4 copies and you check them out for like month at a time I believe.
So go print your shroom......definately not active and definately dont eat this one.