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ID Request.
    #2220348 - 01/05/04 01:05 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Found these mushrooms growing right outside on my lawn.  I first spotted them yesterday evening where there caps were more of a goldish brown color.  This morning they were white and kind of dried up from colder weather.  The underside of the mushroom has black spores and the stem is white.  It seems now that the caps are dried white when I touch them, they bruise brown.  I live in South East TX.
If you could please ID it I would be thankful.

:alert:Edit: Sorry the image quality is not the best, I don't have a camera and I had to slide the mushrooms in the scanner.:alert:


Edited by ajj (01/05/04 01:07 PM)

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Re: ID Request. [Re: ajj]
    #2220550 - 01/05/04 02:46 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Your specimens are Agaricus, probably close to Agaricus bisporus, the common edible button mushroom sold at the grocery store.

Do they have any particular odor? The odor is usually strongest at the top and bottom of the stem. If there is no apparent odor, try crushing the base of the stem with your fingers and trying again. In particular, you're trying to see if they smell phenolic - often also described as metallic, ink-like, library paste-like, or just generally unpleasant. There are other odors often associated with Agaricus, but the toxic species mostly smell as I just described.

Incidentally, the spore print, if you made one on white paper, would be more of a dark chocolate brown, not black. Your scan seems to show the correct color on the gills. If you find some mushrooms with black spore prints, the spore print will be clearly black, not tinted brownish or any other color.

Happy mushrooming!

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Re: ID Request. [Re: ToxicMan]
    #2222445 - 01/06/04 09:12 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)


Your specimens are Agaricus, probably close to Agaricus bisporus

I agree.

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