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Sweet Sweet Irony
    #4057155 - 04/15/05 01:46 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Hello, first time poster long time lurker.  :smile:

Anyway, living in Indiana the only hope of fungi satisfaction I have are morel's and Pan Subs.  Of course I havn't found any of either yet, but the good weather is just arriving.  Anyway to my point, I was soaking my sorrows in the beauty of the outdoors when I saw some mushrooms that grew from a dead tree that look very funny.  When I broke one apart it was almost like stryofoam, white gills, etc.  I was looking through some pics of Gym Spec's on Erowid and I saw this picture, which looks exactly like what I saw, grows in the same places, etc.

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A few questions, first and most importantly before I get myself into trouble, why do pics of gym spec's vary so much.  Some have a brown cap and others are brown with spots like what I saw.  I also read that potency varies from location, more potent to the east of the country.

Are these worth my time to try and make a tea out of.  Honestly they scare me a little bit because I know what I saw was a gym, but there are a lot of species of gyms that look similar.  Any feedback is appreciated.


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Re: Sweet Sweet Irony [Re: Cody1P-LSD]
    #4057409 - 04/15/05 02:56 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Take a spore print to be sure. Gyms drop orange spores. Their dangerously poisonous look a like, the Jack-O-Lantern, will drop white spores. Gyms will also bruise faintly green after several hours. Some of the Gyms that I've found took around 12 hours to show signifigant greening. Another thing to keep an eye out for is Gyms will have a veil where as Jacks don't. 

I figure I'll bust out some pics to help you out...

Here are Gymnopilus species mushrooms. Not sure which species, G. spectabilis is probably the most likely canidate(arrows drawn to show greening/bluing):








Here's the Jack-O-Lanterns:













That should be more than enough pics to help ya out :smile:


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Re: Sweet Sweet Irony [Re: Gumby]
    #4057426 - 04/15/05 03:00 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

A few more things I thought I'd note...

Jacks have decurrent gills(go down the stem) where as gyms don't. Both species grow from dead/dying wood. The ground is ususally blanketed with thick orange spores below Gyms.


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Re: Sweet Sweet Irony [Re: Cody1P-LSD]
    #4057928 - 04/15/05 09:29 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

White gills indicate that they are not Gyms.

Here are some photos of the active Gyms I find in Ohio.









The gills should be yellow to orange, and as Gumby mentioned all Gyms drop rusty orange spores.


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Re: Sweet Sweet Irony [Re: shroomydan]
    #4060376 - 04/15/05 09:36 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

do gyms have psylocibin or some other active chemical?


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Re: Sweet Sweet Irony [Re: camelsmoker]
    #4060411 - 04/15/05 09:47 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Active Gyms are psilocybian but they also contain other psychotropic chemicals which flavor the experience.


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Re: Sweet Sweet Irony [Re: shroomydan]
    #4061133 - 04/16/05 01:34 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

I've still yet to try my Gyms. Can't muster up the courage to scarf down those rancid mushrooms.


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