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Big, Meaty, Deadly?
    #11253087 - 10/15/09 03:08 PM (8 years, 2 months ago)

I found this mushroom growing beside railroad tracks that cut through a mixed conifer/deciduous forest on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (PNW). It occurred in late August- I took the mushroom home in order to take a spore print but it was so dry by the time it got here that printing was an issue (I even tried rehydrating it with drops of water). It's possible that it had already dropped its spores when I found it from being dried out in the summer sun.

I was also a bit afraid of the mushroom because I thought it might be a death cap, so avoided handling it when possible. Thus, no cross-section perspective, no analysis of the flesh of the stem, etc. Boo!

Habitat: In a clearing made by railroad tracks in a mixed PNW forest. Growing from the ground.

Cap: Large, thick, meaty. About 5 inches across. At first, a golden-tan color turning greener upon further drying.

Gills: White, creamy. Organized, equally spaced. They remained creamy even after 2 weeks of drying out, which indicates to me that it is NOT an Agaricus sp. (which would turn chocolately after reaching maturity).

Stem: NO veil, NOT tapered at the base. Thick, short (about 2 inches high).

Bruising: Slight orange bruising when exposed to air. Slight olive discoloration in the gills from being disturbed, but not significant.

Spore Print: No :-(

Other Information: Smelled inviting and slightly sweet- like anise.

Unfortunately, my fear got the better of me and I disposed of this mushroom before properly identifying it. I know the information I've provided is scant, but hopefully someone will be able to ID it by looking at the photos.

Note- the skin on the cap has cracked from being dried out- creating a pleasing pattern on the cap. I doubt it looked like this when in its prime.



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Re: Big, Meaty, Deadly? [Re: cameal]
    #11253288 - 10/15/09 03:40 PM (8 years, 2 months ago)

looks like Russula crustosa to me


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Re: Big, Meaty, Deadly? [Re: Beege]
    #11254039 - 10/15/09 05:22 PM (8 years, 2 months ago)

what about some kind of lentinus?


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Re: Big, Meaty, Deadly? [Re: johnnyblaze2316]
    #11254078 - 10/15/09 05:27 PM (8 years, 2 months ago)

Even handling a Death Cap isn't dangerous. I wouldn't suggest licking your fingers afterwards though....


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Re: Big, Meaty, Deadly? [Re: Twiztidsage]
    #11257548 - 10/16/09 03:23 AM (8 years, 2 months ago)

Gosh,

I didn't even consider russula OR lentinus and I see their more common species often.

Hmm. Upon googling, it appears that Lentinus Lepideus]Lentinus Lepideus could really be the ID, because they commonly occur on railroad ties and pop up throughout the summer in the PNW. The shape of the cap seems to match best too, along with a slight lip and somewhat irregular lengths in the gills. Other lentinus species seemed far off, though.

The russula suggestion doesn't wasn't too shabby, either... though I'd be more likely to side with l. lepideus. Check out this wiki post, too. Hmm. Neolentinus?

Twiztidsage- I did handle the mushroom, but avoided doing so. Simply didn't want to push it too far just in case it ended up being Amanita Phalloides. I was camping and didn't really have the right gear to deal with containing the thing to bring across an ocean and 12 hours of driving.

In any case, it doesn't appear I had a deadly mushroom, which is good news.

Any TI opinions?


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Re: Big, Meaty, Deadly? [Re: cameal]
    #11257565 - 10/16/09 03:28 AM (8 years, 2 months ago)

Neolentinus ponderosus?


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Re: Big, Meaty, Deadly? [Re: cameal]
    #11257571 - 10/16/09 03:30 AM (8 years, 2 months ago)

Railroad tracks? That is indeed Lentinus lepideus (nickname "Train Wrecker").



[EDIT] I found a few L. lepideus this year and I instantly thought that's what these were as well, but I wasn't aware of that Neolentinus then. It does indeed look very similar. I guess one would have to examine a specimen more closely to tell for sure.


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Edited by German Kahuna (10/16/09 03:34 AM)


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Re: Big, Meaty, Deadly? [Re: Alan Rockefeller]
    #11257583 - 10/16/09 03:34 AM (8 years, 2 months ago)

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Alan Rockefeller said:
Neolentinus ponderosus?




Thanks, Alan.

I saw some images of N. Ponderosus (I guess the species are called Neolentinus now, not lentinus?) but thought that their ridges might be too defined, so I leaned toward N. Lepideus. Also the habitat- train tracks, and the smell- anise, made me go that way, too.


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Re: Big, Meaty, Deadly? [Re: cameal]
    #11257589 - 10/16/09 03:36 AM (8 years, 2 months ago)

Cheers, all! Thanks for the input, I really appreciate it. :grin:


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Re: Big, Meaty, Deadly? [Re: cameal]
    #11257593 - 10/16/09 03:37 AM (8 years, 2 months ago)

I still think that it is (Neo)Lentinus lepideus. It's its typical habitat.


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Re: Big, Meaty, Deadly? [Re: German Kahuna]
    #11262583 - 10/16/09 11:03 PM (8 years, 2 months ago)

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German Kahuna said:
I still think that it is (Neo)Lentinus lepideus. It's its typical habitat.



yup, agreed.


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Re: Big, Meaty, Deadly? [Re: cameal]
    #11262765 - 10/16/09 11:37 PM (8 years, 2 months ago)

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cameal said:
(I guess the species are called Neolentinus now, not lentinus?)



This species is, however not all of the species were reclassified into Neolentinus.  There are still species of Lentinus.


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Re: Big, Meaty, Deadly? [Re: CureCat]
    #11262841 - 10/16/09 11:51 PM (8 years, 2 months ago)

Gotcha! thanks cc


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