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ID Request for lawn mushroom
    #1794782 - 08/09/03 08:29 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Hi, I walked to work this morning and BOOM! The lawns were full of these gorgeous white mushrooms with conic caps. They seem to have all appeared overnight out of nowhere.

Here is the description:

Habitat: lawns

Gills: light brown to cream colored, crowded, seems to be one long one followed by one short one and so on. Very thin. Gills go right up the cap to the apex.

Cap: 1 to 2 cm across, 1.5 to 3 cm tall. Very thin, conic. Color is darker than the stem and beigish. Smooth. Even margin.

Stem: 2 to 3 inches long, 2 to 4 mm wide. When the stem is thin, it's very flexible. When it's wider, it's pretty sturdy and doesn't bend easily. Fibrous. Hollow. White to cream colored. Smooth. No striations and no veil ring. Very slightly enlarged where it connects to the ground.

Spore print: light brown

No noticeable odor. No bruising hehe.


The following pic shows the flexible thin stem of the smallest mushroom, as well as mushrooms of various sizes:




This next one shows the profile of a mushroom, to accentuate the cap shape:




This one shows the cap of one of the mushrooms split open, to show the attachment of the stem:




And finally, a picture of the spore print that shows the correct bright white color of the paper, and therefore the print color is more likely to be accurate. If the paper does not look bright white on your screen, then please adjust your brightness level on your monitor.




Thanks shroomery! And yes, I know that it's not active. I want to know what it is though, and if it's edible.

PS: I now realize that I desperately need a better camera! I hate how fuzzy things come out on this one. That's what happens when you judge a camera by the price.


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Re: ID Request for lawn mushroom [Re: megaman3]
    #1794783 - 08/09/03 08:36 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

conocybe lactea,, non active, non edible, possibly poisonous.. Very common in lawns after rains. Nice pictures... here's a link... about them.. http://www.uoguelph.ca/~gbarron/GILL%20FUNGI/BROWN/conocybe.htm


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Re: ID Request for lawn mushroom [Re: megaman3]
    #1794812 - 08/09/03 09:09 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

As nofind_um stated, those look like Conocybe lactea. To be sure of it we would need to use a microscope.

They aren't considered edible, basically because of size. You'd have to pick at least 10 or 20 to taste them. There are no recorded poisonings by them.

However, they are in a genus that includes species with the deadly amatoxins. Because the species in Conocybe are so difficult to be sure of the identity of, it's strongly recommended that they should not be eaten.

Happy mushrooming!


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Re: ID Request for lawn mushroom [Re: nofind_um]
    #1795150 - 08/09/03 01:42 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

No I don't think that it's a conocybe lactea because the cap was smooth and not striated like in the picture.


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Re: ID Request for lawn mushroom [Re: megaman3]
    #1795735 - 08/09/03 05:29 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

No, its Conocybe lactea without a dout.

Even if it wasn't, its not active or of any use.

These are EXTREMELY common around this time of year in lawns.


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Re: ID Request for lawn mushroom [Re: megaman3]
    #1795982 - 08/09/03 06:51 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Here's a photo of some that aren't.

Comparing specimens to photographs is not a real good way to identify many kinds of mushrooms. You'll get yourself confused by looking for details that are clear in one photo but may be absent in another.

One of the sources of many mushroom poisonings is people who compare their finds to drawings or photographs in books and misidentify them.

It is much better to read the text description of a species and compare that to your specimens.

Happy mushrooming!


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