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InvisiblePsylosymon
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what mushrooms grow REALLY big?
    #443126 - 10/31/01 12:24 PM (17 years, 1 month ago)

im not talking about the magics right now. but i was wondering since i havent been able to find any info,what are some species that grow really big.like a foot in diameter. besides ammanitas?
my sisters buddy was runnin after my dog when he came across this huge mushroom growing in my neighbors compost pile. the cap is huge brownish orange in color and is super ruff looking.in the middle of the cap is like a flower shaped nipple thing. we have taken pictures but i dont know if they will turn out. hopefully they will cuz this mushroom is awesome!!!!! so if anyone has info and pics to post that would be appreciated. thanks

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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: Psylosymon]
    #443139 - 10/31/01 12:36 PM (17 years, 1 month ago)

king boletus


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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: durban_poison]
    #443151 - 10/31/01 12:51 PM (17 years, 1 month ago)

Yep, boletes get freakin huge!! I found one this year that was a foot and a half in diameter, it was a giant, and it stained blue as hell, especially the yellow pores, we played a few games of tic-tac-toe on the yellow pores it was so godamn big :)


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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: Psylosymon]
    #443760 - 10/31/01 11:22 PM (17 years, 1 month ago)

There are a few. Ones I've seen include King Bolete (B. edulis), Giant Clitocybe (C. gigantea), and Giant Puffball (Calvatia gigantea and/or C. booniana). The first two species can get up to 18" cap diameter & over a foot tall; the puffballs I found were soccer-ball sized but apparently these species can get up to 3' diameter & be mistaken (by the nearsighted, from a distance) for sheep!

Biggest gilled mushroom I ever saw a picture of was a species (sorry, don't recall the name) cultivated by S. American leaf-cutting ants. These normally don't get to fruit--the ants cultivate the mycelia & feed on the immature fruiting bodies--but in this case the ant hill had been dug open by some animal & the cap matured to over 2 feet diameter. The specimen reportedly weighed over 30 pounds!

Wine Caps (Stropharia rugoso-annulata) and Shaggy Parasols (Lepiota rachodes) can also get quite large--8-10" cap diameter. These are both good edibles which grow in my compost pile; the smaller, immature specimens are the best for cooking.

The ones you found sound like the Lepiotas--scaly cap w/ an umbo (nipple) in the center. These should have white gills & spores, & the tough, fibrous stem should discolor dark reddish brown when you cut thru it w/ a knife. If these features fit, this is a VERY good edible. Looking forward to pics!


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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: Woodsman]
    #443845 - 10/31/01 07:47 PM (17 years, 1 month ago)

right on thanks for the info woodsman!!! :)

the stem has bruised a reddish color.
the thing about the umbo is that is has a flower shaped dark brown thing?! it does have a scaly cap . so maybe it is a Lepiota. thanks woodsman i am gonna search the web for a pic and see if this is what it is.:) hopefully the pics will come soon too.


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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: Psylosymon]
    #444632 - 11/02/01 10:44 AM (17 years, 1 month ago)

i looked thru pics of 19 different species in the Lepiota family and none look like what i found.


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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: Psylosymon]
    #444651 - 11/02/01 11:08 AM (17 years, 1 month ago)

There is a type of polypore that averages a couple feet long.. its called the "Artists Polypore", because there is a white underneath that stains darker when you touch it


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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: Psylosymon]
    #24851149 - 12/17/17 05:55 AM (11 months, 17 days ago)

I just harvested a 12” oyster mushroom from a magnolia tree trunk in se Atlanta Ga 2 days ago and tasted delicious


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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: Jungle59]
    #24851400 - 12/17/17 10:08 AM (11 months, 17 days ago)

That's some large oysters indeed! Almost twice as large as this thread is old.

I mean it was even started by psylosymon from his first user account, that is like back in Abe Lincoln's days... :lol:


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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: Anglerfish]
    #24851619 - 12/17/17 11:54 AM (11 months, 17 days ago)

Polyporus squamosus grow rather large.


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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: donjonson420]
    #24851661 - 12/17/17 12:21 PM (11 months, 17 days ago)

Boletus edulis can get pretty big, too:



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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: Anglerfish]
    #24852230 - 12/17/17 05:45 PM (11 months, 17 days ago)

Biggest mushroom I've found is this Amanita:



In the second pic, you can see it in the distance near the center of the pic.

Second biggest is this Bolete:



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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: breeg89]
    #24853104 - 12/18/17 06:22 AM (11 months, 16 days ago)

I have seen some guerilla style throw and grow cultivated wine caps (garden giant) get nice big chunky carpet of 6 inchers before for anyone interested in big mushroom crop (but short season).  Nice oysters up there.  I think they are my favorite so far food productive wise in abundance, speed of growth, eagerness to fruit and that sort of thing.  Very good bioefficiency.


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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: stevo]
    #24853287 - 12/18/17 08:59 AM (11 months, 16 days ago)

Macrocybe Titans, I found this one a few months ago.


Just realized this thread is 16 years old


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https://www.shroomery.org/8461/Which-psilocybin-mushrooms-grow-wild-in-my area


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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: Doc9151]
    #24853672 - 12/18/17 12:50 PM (11 months, 16 days ago)

Time sure does fly doesn't it.  lol


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Re: what mushrooms grow REALLY big? [Re: breeg89]
    #24854799 - 12/18/17 09:24 PM (11 months, 16 days ago)

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Biggest mushroom I've found is this Amanita:



In the second pic, you can see it in the distance near the center of the pic.





Section Lepidella has some large ones, I have found massive Amanita daucipes & Amanita ravenelii.


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