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Bruce

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  1. Bruce

    My first giant puff ball?

    Eat it! They don't have a strong flavor, but saute'd with a little garlic and olive oil they go well with Italian dishes. Bruce
  2. Genus and species names are defined by the first person to "describe" them in the technical literature. As such, there is no way to definitively categorize them based on the name itself...it simply involves a lot of rote memory. Most introductory guides should provide you with the scientific names of any mushroom fruiting body that they may be talking about. If they don't, look elsewhere. Orders and families are another matter entirely and again, any good guide should be organized along those lines (Russulaceae, Polyporaceae, Agaricaceae, etc). Hope this helps, Bruce
  3. Bruce

    Hen of the woods

    Beautiful!
  4. Bruce

    Id help

    Beats me. Sure isn't corn smut. Ask your extension agent. :-) Bruce
  5. Bruce

    Hen of the woods question

    I've often wondered the same. I've only read what I've read and am certainly not the last word on this, but as best I can tell there's only one species and it just varies a lot in appearance, based on the wood it's growing on or the microclimate or whatever. Bruce
  6. Bruce

    Loins mane

    Ha! I'd leave it in place and come back in a few days. Bruce
  7. Bruce

    Grifola Frondosa

    Whoa! I went on a 6-mile hike last Tuesday and was looking for hens the whole way. Didn't find even one...should have checked the rainfall maps beforehand and probably gone somewhere else. The bugs did a good job of finding me, though. :-) Bruce
  8. Bruce

    ID help?

    Your first two photos look like an Amanita. Many mushrooms of this genus are quite poisonous. I'm pretty sure this one is not deadly, but if you eat it, you might wish you were dead. The slimy yellow ones under the pine needles are probably Suillus americanus; very common under white pine this time of year. If so, they are "edible"...notice that I didn't say they are "good." The one with the red top and brittle flesh looks like Russula emetica. Eat it if you like to get very sick. You really need to get a book or two and study up. There are a few people here who are very knowledgeable; but ultimately, relying on others to do your IDs for you is literally gambling with your life. Bruce
  9. Bruce

    Finally found a hen

    Nice!
  10. Bruce

    What is this?

    Amanita sp. probably A. muscaria (the yellow Eastern U.S. variety). Bruce
  11. Bruce

    Shaggy Mane

    I was out hiking at Morgan-Monroe and found this shaggy mane growing right thru the gravel of the parking lot! https://drive.google.com/open?id=1P8vSUL9SF3PtF_DAWsbO8g140pujIsLA A little too far gone to eat, but I picked it anyway in hopes that I can dope my compost pile with the spores and get a few next year. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has attempted this and/or has experience eating them (recipes, etc). Bruce
  12. Bruce

    Coral Mushrooms

    More brown than orange.
  13. Bruce

    Hen of the woods

    Nice!
  14. Bruce

    Coral Mushrooms

    Look for the crown-shaped tips of the desirable Artomyces pyxidata. Artomyces should also be growing on somewhat intact wood residue, while Ramaria tends to grow in forest duff/humus. Finally, Ramaria stricta retains that orange color upon cooking, while Artomyces will turn brown. Ramaria stricta is not poisonous, at least not in small doses. But it doesn't really taste very good, either. This is one lesson I learned the hard way. Bruce
  15. Bruce

    Coral Mushrooms

    Be careful here. That looks like Ramaria stricta to me. Bruce

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