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Cali shrooms found in cow pasture
    #1242959 - 01/23/03 01:54 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

I found these growing in a cow pasture in the San Francisco bay area. None of these were growing directly on any dung but most likely where there once was some dung because there are a lot of cows up here. The caps range from 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter. They go from 1 to 2 inches in hight. The color of the cap is and orange-brown color in the middle, and it fades to a tan color around the edges. Thin stems, orange brown color. Gills are light brown. The mature ones have caps that flare outwards pointing up sorta. I need some help to identify what these are, and any help is appreciated.











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Re: Cali shrooms found in cow pasture [Re: MCabage]
    #1243608 - 01/23/03 05:25 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

A spore print will be very helpful in identifying these.

Making a wild guess, I will try Conocybe coprophila. With a ring on the stem (which can fall off - and might be only a fibrillose zone on the stem) I would guess Conocybe stercoraria. Neither of these species is active, and a close relative has the same toxins as the deadly Amanitas, so don't eat them.

My guess is based on the assumption that the spores will be the same color as the gills appear in your photos - but that could be wrong.

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Re: Cali shrooms found in cow pasture [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1244091 - 01/23/03 08:24 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

I believe I've seen these growing in the grass in my region as well. No idea on an ident though.


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spore print [Re: Cow Shit Collector]
    #1246745 - 01/24/03 10:45 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

the spore print was a dark yellowish, almost light brown.



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Re: spore print [Re: MCabage]
    #1247141 - 01/25/03 05:14 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

That spore print color would support the idea that they are Conocybes. They could still be other things, but Conocybe is the first thing that comes to mind when I see those.

Glad to see you followed up.

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Re: spore print [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1247168 - 01/25/03 05:31 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Hi Toxic Man, is there really a species named as Conocybe coprophila?

I have never heard of this int he bolbitiaceae.

Of course ther eis Psilocybe copp

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Re: spore print [Re: mjshroomer]
    #1248827 - 01/25/03 07:20 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Conocybe coprophila is mentioned on pages 471 and 472 of my copy of Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora. He places it in the "Conocybe tenera group" with the comment that it "has a slightly viscid convex cap and grows in dung or manure."

John Taylor's Index of Mushroom Images in Print says there is a photograph of the species in Fungi of Switzerland by Breitenbach & Kr?nzlin, volume 4 page 400. I'd love to have a copy of those books, but they cost about $120 per volume.

Since there are not many references to the species elsewhere, I would guess that it is probably either fairly rare or commonly mistaken for another species.


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Re: spore print [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1250917 - 01/26/03 06:49 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

i live in SF and i see so many weird looking mushrooms growing in the presidio and golden gate park....some of them look like cubensis but theres no way in hell im gonna experiment...maybe next time im in nature i will pick some and post em


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Re: spore print [Re: liftedoff420]
    #1251000 - 01/26/03 07:26 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

I'll look forward to it.

Make sure you note what kinds of trees are growing nearby and what they mushrooms are growing on. Also, get a spore print - spore print color is one of the very most important things there is in identification.

When you post, make sure you read the sticky threads at the top of this forum and let us know about the things we can't see ni the photograph. Things like texture and odor.

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