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Hunt today...ID PLEASE!!!
    #1532605 - 05/09/03 12:29 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Found these today in horse manure/compost pile (I'm in PA) with some pann subbs...I'll describe as best I can...
Spore print was purple-brown, measurements 1 to 4 inches depending on the cap, stem sizes vary, but they are thick, but hollow, whitish stems that bruise dark, ring on edges of cap, dark center (almost like a slightly lighter version of a big p subb)
It rained hard a few times these past few days until the sun came out this morning...active or not, I'm very curious to know what they are, any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: Hunt today...ID PLEASE!!! [Re: T3kN0PhR3aK]
    #1532686 - 05/09/03 12:49 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Looks like another Psytharella find to me... and so I'd say they're definitely not active, but I'd leave the more educated guesses to LK/mj and others.

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Re: Hunt today...ID PLEASE!!! [Re: KefkaX]
    #1533360 - 05/09/03 03:47 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

wait..is it possible for a poisonous mushroom to contain purple spores?

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Re: Hunt today...ID PLEASE!!! [Re: tastyshroom]
    #1533919 - 05/09/03 09:06 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Yes. One example springs to mind immediately.

Stropharia coronilla has been listed as the cause of the following symptoms: "Malaise, headache, generalized aching, ataxia, dizziness, vomiting, hallucinations, confusion" (source - "Poisoning from the Mushroom Stropharia coronilla (Bull. ex Fr.) Quel.", Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society (1977) 73:311-312).

And, now that I think about it for a moment, Hypholoma capnoides has had a death attributed to possibly being by it. It has definitely caused a number of serious poisonings.

Spore color is only one of several features you need to use to identify mushrooms accurately enough to avoid being poisoned.

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