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found a bunch of these. ID if you can spare some time please
    #1985711 - 10/07/03 02:15 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

washington state - between issaquah and fallcity.
was found in grassy park area clusterd somewhat together.
the stems are thick and not hollow.
the gills are (white) eep. yes i know white is usually bad.
i have not noticed any bruising as of yet.. ;-(
in general they are not very slimy. and seem to have white edges around the cap. then they go into light brown to a lighter brown/dirty white. some are darker at the top of the caps then others. they are about 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 inches in length and the caps are no more then 1 inch in diameter..

i'll post more of a description if you ask.. i just started hunting but i'll do my best.

heres the pics.

here are a few happy guys before being ripped out of the ground.

ignore the one in the top right.. it's for later ;p

thank you in advance for anyone with any info or tips.

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Re: found a bunch of these. ID if you can spare some time please [Re: Bsod]
    #1985714 - 10/07/03 02:16 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

It looks like a donut box to me.

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Re: found a bunch of these. ID if you can spare some time please [Re: davidg47]
    #1985875 - 10/07/03 03:22 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

hehe almost looks like ps cyans but way diffrent colors. i dunno what that is but ive seen um around.

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Re: found a bunch of these. ID if you can spare some time pl [Re: Bsod]
    #1987076 - 10/07/03 04:28 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Not bad photographs. We generally need to see the underside fo the cap more than the top. Fortunately, you showed them somewhat in the last photo.

First off, get a spore print. If you don't know how, check the sticky threads at the top of the forum. Make sure you do the spore print on white paper if it's being done for identification purposes.

Some tips for the next time collecting - make sure you get the entire base of the stem. If you need to dig into the ground a bit to do that, go ahead. Note what the mushrooms are growing from. In particular, try to be sure of if they're growing from buried wood (which is often dead tree roots).

When describing the mushrooms to us, make sure you tell us if the gills are attached to the stem or not. The easiest way to find out is to cut one of them in half vertically. You should then also take on of the halves and scrape the inside with your knife edge to bruise it. Color changes due to bruising can take up to an hour.

Note also features that may be fragile or not obvious in your photos. An example would be that the last photo seems to show that these mushrooms have a ring near the top of the stem, but it's not clearly shown.

Just as an initial guess, those look like Honey Mushrooms (Armillaria mellea). Honey Mushrooms are edible, but you need to verify a few things to be sure they are.

The spore print should be white.
They should have been growing from wood, not the ground (it could be buried wood).
There should be some tiny hairs standing up on the cap, especially at the center of each one.
Usually they're found growing in clusters (where multiple mushrooms have the bases of their stem attached to each other).

I have doubts that they are. Your second photo shows them growing in grass (was there buried wood?). It also seems to show them as somewhat purplish (which may just be an effect of the photo).

Get us some of the additional details.

Happy mushrooming!

Happy mushrooming!

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