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A nice looking Big Laughing Gym.
    #8290000 - 04/16/08 01:14 AM (16 years, 2 months ago)

Found this outside my friends house, growing on a tree stump in the lawn, has a nice bulb to it, with a few pins also. I've used the calculator, and it reccommended 40g wet, but other sources (ie people) say 100g+, which is it? :laugh:



So nice and round, I think it's a bit small though.

Edited by Feelers (04/16/08 01:17 AM)

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: Feelers]
    #8290610 - 04/16/08 07:34 AM (16 years, 2 months ago)

Those definately look like some type of gym, know the species? you said big laughing, so i'm guessing spectabilis? Personally i've never found any, i've been looking for a few years with no luck. Great find though!
as for dosage, sorry, I can't help you, but if i find any this season, i'll find a nice strong dosage :laugh:
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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: rope]
    #8290747 - 04/16/08 09:11 AM (16 years, 2 months ago)

i agree they look like gym . but make sure some pholiota also look like gym , did you notice any green bruising , that will help , ring spore print etc...

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: cactu]
    #8291151 - 04/16/08 11:29 AM (16 years, 2 months ago)

yes looks like a gym though maybe a bit too orange...
a spore print should tell you.:thumbup:

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: QuantumReality]
    #8291214 - 04/16/08 11:40 AM (16 years, 2 months ago)

I thought gym specs had diff colors on the cap and stem... looks like Gym Lueto to me if I have my terminology right... yeah books say to watch out for the pholitia's or whatever the deadly ones ack!

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: mushmellowman]
    #8291637 - 04/16/08 01:44 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

any spore prints? bruising?


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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: drjugglz]
    #8292509 - 04/16/08 05:54 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

That's a beautiful picture. Orange is such an awesome color.

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: Feelers]
    #8292687 - 04/16/08 06:32 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

If the you have pins that are bruising blue, the lower number sounds good, maybe even a little high.

If you have mushrooms that have opened all the way it's hard to say.

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: falcon]
    #8292823 - 04/16/08 06:56 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

I will take a spore print when it opens. I didn't know that laughing gyms were specifically spectabilis. As for the species I have no idea, there ins't much info on New Zealand species, and anything we have is likely to be imported from America anyway. I don't know what the stump is, but it looks like a conifer.

As to pholiota the caps are definately not slimey, and the pins and stems are very much "Gymy", but as I say a spore print will get to the heart of the matter. :grin:

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: Feelers]
    #8292999 - 04/16/08 07:24 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

nice pic! i have to learn how to snap pics like that myself.

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: Wiseguy]
    #8293492 - 04/16/08 08:36 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

I was just thinking when you said big laughing gym, you must have the same field guide as me (National Audubon Society field guide to mushrooms for North America) Anyways, in that one they have the big laughing gym and little laughing gym, big being spectabilis, and little being penetrans. Anyone got any comments on this book, any good?

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: rope]
    #8294216 - 04/16/08 11:02 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

yeah that's a gym. spectabilis . heaps of them around NZ. they will work for ya but expect the stomach rolls...

I would recommend making filtered tea out of them as they taste disgusting and you'll gag if you have to chew/swallow

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: haunted]
    #8294279 - 04/16/08 11:21 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

Haunted do you have an idea of wet and dry weight needed for a level 3? I'm not finding much info, and the calculator seems to be very much on the low side.

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: Feelers]
    #8294631 - 04/17/08 01:15 AM (16 years, 2 months ago)

yeah I would lean towards the higher level of the scale.. chuck it all in a big pot and boil it down then filter out the sh#t. I know what people say about cooking mushrooms lessening the potency but there is no other option with these ones...

but - although they are a unique mushroom with a feel of their own - there are better options out there buddy!! you gotta be getting desperate when you're contemplating shrooming on these beasts. just wait till you're staring down the barrel of a giant cup of smelly broth...

then again, maybe you'll like the flavour!!

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: Feelers]
    #8295078 - 04/17/08 06:19 AM (16 years, 2 months ago)

Nice find! I always enjoy Gym photos.

You should try breaking a stem and then putting it in the fridge for 12 hrs. Sometimes Gyms only bruise if they are cold. I also read in another thread that people sometimes identify Gyms by cooking a piece, it should turn green when cooked. Not sure if they meant to boil it or fry it etc.

I'd be willing to trade a print for a print if you have any spare ones.

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: BlimeyGrimey]
    #8295337 - 04/17/08 08:42 AM (16 years, 2 months ago)

Quote:

You should try breaking a stem and then putting it in the fridge for 12 hrs. Sometimes Gyms only bruise if they are cold. I also read in another thread that people sometimes identify Gyms by cooking a piece, it should turn green when cooked. Not sure if they meant to boil it or fry it etc.



thats cool, i never knew that! isn't there also the KOH test (potassium hydroxide) putting it on the cap and it should turn dark green if i remember correctly?

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: rope]
    #8295424 - 04/17/08 09:23 AM (16 years, 2 months ago)

Quote:

rope said:
isn't there also the KOH test (potassium hydroxide) putting it on the cap and it should turn dark green if i remember correctly?




should turn dark red. you could also use sodium hydroxide.


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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: Feelers]
    #8295772 - 04/17/08 11:22 AM (16 years, 2 months ago)

Wow feelers - nominated!


Edited by georgeM (04/17/08 11:27 AM)

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: georgeM]
    #8296833 - 04/17/08 04:02 PM (16 years, 2 months ago)

YUP!

Looks like a gym to me COOL.........
Get a pic of the prints and pass them out too hahaha!!!
Good find,nice pics.....


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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: bluelou]
    #8299233 - 04/18/08 12:24 AM (16 years, 2 months ago)

Thanks for that GeorgeM, I'm a big fan of your works.:thumbup:

I was wondering if someone could help me out in regards to photos. When I load them into my gallery here at The Shroomery there is a lot of compression, which can sometimes degrade a good photo. Also I don't know how to upload a photo and not have it appear as a thumbnail, instead like in this page I would rather have the full size picture in my post, how do you guys get around this?

In this case as with others I upload them to photobucket to avoid the associated problems.

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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: haunted]
    #8299258 - 04/18/08 12:35 AM (16 years, 2 months ago)

there is no more G. spectabilis. that taxon was superseded by G. junonius [and in some forms G. ventricosus] when they where found to be conspecific.


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Re: A nice looking Big Laughing Gym. [Re: Feelers]
    #8299334 - 04/18/08 12:58 AM (16 years, 2 months ago)

Gorgeous pic!!  He's a bit small, but a healthy little thing, I'll tell ya!  Post the spore print when you get it, if you would!!
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