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  1. Hoosierfunguy

    Identify Please

    That's cool. Looks like a false morel. I've never found one before, but have seen a lot of pictures of them. Gyromitra esculenta can be deadly if eaten raw and still toxic if cooked.
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    Cool. Thanks Chris. I'm curious to know if the properties are the same (or similar) as Chaga found on Birch, Aspen and Poplar, being an immune system booster, with antioxidants and effective at fighting cancer. They were both found on white oak trees, being the second and third fruiting bodies I've found on oaks, all within 100 yards of each other.
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    Okay, found a couple of these
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    Cool. Any advice on the best way to harvest it, so it might continue to grow in the future?
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    I'm headed to the woods tomorrow, where I found that growth a few years ago. I'm planning to go back and see if it's still there. I'll take pictures of it before I harvest it. If anyone wants a sample for study, let me know.
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    The one I found was in northern Indiana.
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    Duplicate post I can't delete, just edit
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    If this is indeed Chaga, then I'm sure it's the same growth I found on an oak tree. If another specimen is needed from another source, I'd be glad to not only harvest one, but also show where it's at to anyone researching this
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    Seriously? That must be a new discovery. I'm looking forward to seeing something published on that. Can you please update on this thread when that happens?
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    It's not Chaga. I saw this exact same formation on a wounded oak tree around here. It's a growth. My first thought was Chaga, But like you noted, it wasn't on birch. After having found Chaga in Minnesota, it is not Chaga. The look alike that I found on an oak appears to be some kind of sap build up on a diseased oak, as when I cut it off, there was quite a bit of liquid. The inside doesn't have that golden color to it. It's more rusty.
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    The pictures didn't show up. Did you mean that it wasn't found on a birch tree?
  12. Hoosierfunguy

    Help identifying?

    This mushroom is too old for me to get a positive ID from just a photo, but it does look like an old laetiporus. See if it comes back next year.
  13. Hoosierfunguy

    Tons of chicken

    Yum! Nice find. The hens should be coming up about now.
  14. Great topic. I started my mycology adventure using the ASFGNAWM also. Early in my identification years, I came across what I thought were parasol mushrooms. If I remember correctly,, the field guide mentioned that the toxic lookalike was uncommon and could be positively identified by the spores under a microscope. I didn't have a microscope, so I played the odds. That was a HUGE MISTAKE! I honestly thought I was going to die. The vomiting was indeed violent and frequent. It lasted for three full days and dehydrated me, took all my energy and I felt like I was only moments away form becoming corpse finder matter. With the naked eye, I really don't think there's enough differences between the two, to positively identify, but the book does describe the spore shapes which distinguish the difference. I'm only going by memory, so I might be mistaken in a point, but I will never forget what I went through. The lookalike is toxic enough to become fatal. No mushroom is worth that risk. That's why I have become a proponent of 100% positive identification before SAMPLING a new mushroom.
  15. Hoosierfunguy

    Boletes for the taking

    I'd say they were Hebeloma syrjense (corpse finder mushroom), but it looks like old "Jack" isn't pushin up daisies, mushrooms or anything yet. 🤐 That is an impressive cluster. Very few choice, edible boletes can grow for very long without being riddled with larvae.

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