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Absolutely no replies huh? Wow, I guess I shouldn?t bother asking the same question about Virginia! I can look up what "may" occur in Virginia but I would like to know what (if any) are more likely to occur, or what has been the most predominantly found. I'm interested in the non-dung varieties as well.
Oh well, guess we're on our own with our books and the Internet. I have narrowed down a few that "may" occur, but they are listed as "across North America".
Such as the Girdled Panaeolus (Panaeolus Subbalteatus) but is usually on dung or manured soil.
Then there?s the Scaly-Stalked Psilocybe (Psilocybe squamosa) which is found on decaying wood.
Here is Erowid's mushroom zone. I found it to be a lot more organized and concise than.......well lets just say, give it a whirl. I plan to disseminate the info to be specific to my area as best I can so I don?t have to pour through species that don?t occur here or are not likely to occur here.
That sounds great man, but it has been virtually no help so far. Most people?s answers are "Get a field guide" and "look in cow pastures" and so on.
The point is, no one is going to sit down and research YOUR area for you just because you asked the question.
Now, what I believe the person from Georgia and I are hoping for is someone who is familiar with and is experienced in specimen collection in our state or region. Someone who has searched these areas for years probably has it narrowed down to a pretty short list regarding "Active" mushrooms. If this person or persons don?t mind sharing their research and conclusions, or if they would be so kind as to direct us to somewhere this information is already summarized, we would be greatly appreciative.
So far I have found no resource for "active" mushrooms that is regionally organized, so my approach will be to go through all of the potential species and ask questions regarding these few species. For instance, I know in Virginia there are only like 3 of 10 psilocybe species even possible since most are specific to the west/north west. This narrows it down pretty well but there are other species that are "active" that I need to get figured out.
Once I have it all sorted out, I'll be happy to share any of my findings with anybody. Maybe I'll write a book or field guide about it since this is what we are told to buy to identify mushrooms anyway! LOL
Our questions are meant to simply short-cut all the research we would have to do as newbies and focus on just the mushrooms that are applicable to our region. I couldn?t care less about mushrooms that only occur in the northwest, I'll never encounter them in Virginia but I have to pour through them all to figure out what I may find here.
This is fun, but we don?t have 24-7 to put into it, and we are silly enough to think that a community created to help with this sort of thing, could answer this simple question. Surely there are no more than a dozen worthwhile species that are "active" in my area, if that. I?ll publish any summary I develop for all to use.
Edibles for gourmet use are a bigger list though!
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If I was in Virginia or West Virginia, -I would first seek the Amanita muscaria mushroom! -I would also look for Panaeolus subbalteatus in VA.
If I was in Georgia, -Then i would seek the Psilocybe weilii mushroom in residential & commercial area lawns. -I would also look for Panaeolus subbalteatus & Psilocybe Cubensis in cow and horse pastures. -I would also seek the Amanita muscaria mushroom in Georgia.
dude, are you reading the other posts in this forum? i know youve been posting here, but are you also READING here? you asked about georgia...all i do is dream about georgia. have you not seen the thousands of weilii's? what about the other new lizard kingensis psilocybe? seriously. moe howard is in georgia. lizard king is in georgia. they are finding tons of mushrooms and telling people how and where and all that. read lizard kings posts in this forum. bet.
Quote: Our questions are meant to simply short-cut all the research we would have to do as newbies and focus on just the mushrooms that are applicable to our region.
As a newbie you should do some serious research. Look, i don't want to be an ass and i know there are newbies that want to go directly to point, personally i think is better to know all the species around, it will be helpful to differentiate active from non active species, at the end it will be a plus. My attitude is towards knowlodge, read and learn, search, be suspicious, be sure for sure .