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OfflineN2loma
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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: DannyGlick]
    #9327791 - 11/28/08 05:04 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

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They grow on dead hardwoods right?




Yep.They grow on conifer as well.Some species of Gymnopilus even grow in soil.




About 9/10ths of my finds have been clusters emerging from underground wood, frequently at the bases of oaks and in grassy forest edges (tree host unknown). One cluster was found in a suburban yard. The remaining few clusters were found growing directly from logs (probably oak and/or maple). I've found some type of small (probably inactive) Gym growing from a pine log, too.

The timing and ecology of their fruiting is problematic because of semblances to Deadly Galerinas (thankfully distant), some types of Honey Mushrooms (mostly well-aged specimens with greenish stalks), poisonous Omphalotus/Jack-o-Lanterns, some yellow Pholiotas, and harmless Tricholomopsis species known as "yellow and red riders." I wouldn't be surprised if there were more look-alikes that I haven't yet encountered...

I'm currently in mourning because the Gym season appears to have ended for me :sad:


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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: Mr. Mushrooms]
    #9327820 - 11/28/08 05:09 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Senor, personally I prefer "G. spectabilis" too, as it describes the mushroom well. I'll probably revert to using that name for the BLGs. Stupid European mycologists :mad2:


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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: N2loma]
    #9327831 - 11/28/08 05:13 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

I've only found Gymnopilus junonius/spectabilis:grin: one time and they were growing from an underground Hemlock root.

Mostly just Gymnopilus luteus around here.I always see them on hardwood logs and stumps and at times on half dead trees.


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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: DannyGlick]
    #9328743 - 11/28/08 08:46 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Yeah, like if you can't find them, they aren't there. :rolleyes:

:lol:

Just teasing because I know exactly what you mean.  I defy anyone to come to my county and find a mushroom I haven't but was looking for.

N2loma:  :yesnod: on all points.  Btw, nice to see you posting.  You were missed.  :heart:


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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: N2loma]
    #9332552 - 11/29/08 04:59 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

I've only started mushroom hunting this past spring and have been very lucky with my BGL finds. Lots of fresh frozen and dried/powdered.

I'm curious as to the area that you live in.  I am in Maryland - along the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay.  It looks to me like the season is over here as well.  I have found a number of BGLs locations recently, however, the BGLs recently found have been 7-10+/- days past collecting. One site had three, each cluster slightly-smaller-than-a-garbage-can-lid(!)growing at the base of a huge almost dead Maple.  Around here they seem to prefer Ash and Maple although members in the Mych. club that I belong to say that Oaks are good too.

Although maybe off thread, I'm curious about the G. luteous and G.purpuratus and any comments that you may have about them.


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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: Mr. Mushrooms]
    #9332564 - 11/29/08 05:01 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

ate them yesterday, they were dry and tasted nasty, wanted some psychoactivity so i ate them despite the bitterness, they had no effect on me i think, maby i felt something, but very mild and i could be wrong cause we also smoked weed and listened to trance (that music gets you "high") but considering the almost 30 g i ate  thy were pretty shitty.
maybe dried them bad or i dont know what.... they certainly had all the signs of being a blg... starting to think i might have too much tolerance to shrooms...

i actually also had a broth made with a. muscaria prepared with milk... no psychoactivity there either...


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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: wood man]
    #9332583 - 11/29/08 05:06 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

If you would like them examined by microscopy let me know.  Sorry to hear about your luck.


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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: isosanity]
    #9332629 - 11/29/08 05:15 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Curious you mentioned ash trees, iso, since one of the later clusters I found was in grass near ashes and a few other trees and I'd never heard of Gyms being associated with them. At one of my best sites the same species of Gym appeared to occur at and around the bases of red maples and oaks (white I think...but could've been red) in equal frequency. No luck with the active Gyms around conifers yet, but I wouldn't be surprised to find some in the future.

If you find well-aged Gyms, you may still be able to use them dried. I've collected and dried a fair share of shabby Gyms this season, but thankfully most were fresh goldies.

I live in Virginia not too far from the Potomac, so the mushroom season is probably near-identical with your area. Wish I knew more about G. luteous and purpuratus myself!


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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: N2loma]
    #9332725 - 11/29/08 05:35 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

What the heck is G. luteous?


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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: DannyGlick]
    #9332760 - 11/29/08 05:44 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

My sense of humor being what it is, what would the answer be without the (.)?


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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: isosanity]
    #9332780 - 11/29/08 05:51 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Haha Mister Funnyguy.I guess you mean Gymnopilus luteus.


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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: N2loma]
    #9332784 - 11/29/08 05:52 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

My best take home find was a stand of mostly pre-dried BGLs that after fully dried weighed in at 240g.  Not sure of the wood - they have been excellent.  I'm still looking in areas where the aroma was exceptionally sweet and strong several weeks ago.


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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: DannyGlick]
    #9334054 - 11/29/08 09:59 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

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What the heck is G. luteous?




Well, I see one person who isn't fluent in typo.  :noway:


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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: El Zorro]
    #14706650 - 07/02/11 03:16 PM (10 years, 3 months ago)

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Re: Gymnopilus spectabilis (big laughing gym) identification. [Re: isosanity]
    #14836727 - 07/28/11 04:24 AM (10 years, 3 months ago)

hello isosanity. tonight i went walking around the golf coarse that is behind my neighborhood and i found an old rotted tree with a very large amount of what i think is Gymnopilus junonius.( im in Louisiana btw) they are babys right now so i plan on going back to check on them. there was around 60 - 100 of them. they were orange yellow with a darker tint at the top of the cap and the stem went from white to a light yellow. im doing a spore print now so i will update you and i am also waiting to put pictures up.

does this species grow in large clumps like this?

for now i will put up a pic of what it looks most like


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