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Mushrooom Identification
    #837602 - 08/23/02 08:17 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Hello everyone! This is going to be another challenge for you guys. First let me explain what happened. I found these mushrooms while I was mowing lawns. I hate doing that work, but it seems like everytime I do it, I always find some kind of mushroom ... so I suppose it isn't all that bad. I am sorry more information isn't available, but it was quite crazy. I picked these mushrooms and put them in the back of my truck until I got home. When I got home I set them off to the side and went inside to get a camera to take some pictures, but when I got back ..... my grandfather had run over them with the lawn mower and chopped them into little bits and pieces. Because of that I didn't get to take pictures or spore prints.

Anyway, I found those mushrooms growing out of an old stump. They were growing together in a bunch instead of single mushrooms. These mushrooms had an all white stem, with a cap that looked like a semi-cooked brown biscuit. Underneath the cap I didn't get to see the gills of them because they were covered with a white cloth-like looking sheath.

Sorry more information isn't available, but just try to tell me what you can from the information available. Once again, I don't think these are active, or even edible, but I just wanted to get a general idea of what kind these may be.

Thanks


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Re: Mushrooom Identification [Re: downt1me]
    #837908 - 08/23/02 10:43 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Hard to give any sort of ID without more description, and I don't know what you mean by "a cap that looked like a semi-cooked brown biscuit", but if I had to bet or be shot, I would say its probably some sort of mycena.


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Re: Mushrooom Identification [Re: downt1me]
    #838057 - 08/23/02 11:54 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

I'll go way out on a limb and guess that you found a group of Armillaria mellea (or one of its very close relatives). Here are a couple photos of the species.

In case you find more of them, here how to verify if that's what they are:
1. Cap surface and stalk yellowish brown to pinkish brown.
2. Erect dark hairs (not scales) on center of cap surface.
3. White, cottony to membranous partial veil covering gills of small specimens.
4. Whitish, cottony to membranous ring on stalk of larger specimens.
5. Found in clusters on wood or at base of trees or stumps.
6. Spore print white.

Assuming they are Armillaria, they are edible, but make sure you cook them thoroughly before you eat them.


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    #838077 - 08/23/02 12:00 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

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    #838183 - 08/23/02 01:08 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Yeah, as I said, sorry there wasn't more information available. I figured I would pick at your brains though. Thanks for the replies. I wasn't really expecting too much because of the lack of information, but thanks for giving it a shot. Also thanks for that info ToxicMan, it will definately come in handy in the future. I know I'll find more mushrooms like those.

Lucky for me it rained today, so tomorrow will be another mushroom hunting day! Hopefully I'll find some cool stuff.


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