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OK first of all this is my first post for an ID request on the Shroomery message boards. I?d like to know the properties of some of the mushrooms around my area, and was hoping a couple mycologists could help me out. Bear with me, the pictures I take have to be tweaked with in order to get them to an acceptable size, and thus aren?t of very good quality.
I live in the North Valley of California, in the city of Redding. The elevation is 557 feet above sea level. Coordinates are 40.57 degrees north of the equator and 122.36 degrees west of the prime meridian. It?s recently rained here for the past few days, and continues at a slight drizzle.
I found two types of mushrooms today. Here are a couple pics of Mushroom # 1:
Mushroom # 1
a. Was found around and under a group of Live Oak trees in some partially grass-covered dirt. b. Have bright white gills that are attached to the stem. c. Has a 2-inch diameter cap and a 2-in stem. d. Has a stem that, when cut, it can be observed that there is a white outer layer and what appears to be an inner layer composed of almost transparent material. The stem is bright white, like the gills, with small, faint patches of yellow. The stem is very smooth and, while firm, not particularly strong. e. The cap is a sickly whitish-green color and very slimey (this may be due to rain falling on it). The green pigment appears more concentrated near the center of the cap, with the margin being closer to white (and curving inward slightly). f. *Haven?t gotten a spore print yet, will try to get back on that. g. The mushroom does?nt appear to bruise any color. h. If this mushroom has a scent, it is very faint.
And here is Mushroom # 2
(The gills and stem are partially stained by the red clay dirt that is common to Northern California)
Mushroom # 2:
a. Was found under an Oak tree is some partially grass-covered dirt. b. Has bright white gills that appear to be thickly covered with short, small white fibers. c. The cap is about 2 1/2 in with a 2 in stem. d. The stem is made of a tough white material and appears to have matted layers on the outside. When the stem was cut near the base of the cap, it appeared hollow. Its very stumpy and thick, and reminds me of Boletus mushrooms. e. The cap is a very mild, brownish-yellow color. It is very thick and has the margin curving inward. f. *Don?t have the spore print for this yet either* g. Doesn?t appear to bruise any color. h. Has a mild scent like the last mushroom.
The above link might help classify your findings. I have used it and it's not real "user friendly", but might help you narrow down the field. Also it is a VERY GOOD tool to learn what charicteristics to look for.
A tip for future collecting - please make sure you get the base of the stem. There are many species that cannot be identified without it.
Your first mushroom is a bit odd. The best match I see is for Hygrocybe psittacina. Your specimens are a little large, and the cap margin is not visibly striate, but the unusual green color fading to yellow and white is very typical.
The second mushroom is also odd. The overall appearance and description suggest Tricholoma saponaceum, but your specimen lacks the soap-like odor most specimens have. This is a case where having the base of the stem would be useful. Almost all collections of T. saponaceum have a small area of bright pinkish tissue on the inside near the base of the stem which would be obvious when the mushroom is cut in half vertically