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  1. Bruce

    ID help

    Yep, I find these this time of year. They're a little chewy but "okay" with my breakfast eggs.
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    Gymnopilus liquiritiae ?

    I've also had trouble attaching photos. You'll have more luck uploading to cloud storage and sending a link. Bruce
  3. I bought an HMS membership last spring and it took more than two months to get my T-shirt. But I *did* get it. I suspect Steve collects orders for the year and gets them all printed at once to keep costs down. This makes perfect sense, but only he can tell you for sure. Regards, Bruce
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    100 Edible Mushrooms

    I agree that Kuo's "100 Edible" book is the one that I crack open the most often. I also own McFarland & Mueller and use that a lot. Although the number of species listed in the latter is limited, it covers most of the (edible) ones you are really likely to encounter (and eat). Others to consider: The Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms (McKnight & McKnight) Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America (Fischer & Bessette)
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    Oyster Mushroom?

    I believe it is...perhaps what they call a late fall oyster. But they usually have tinges of green. Was it growing on wood? Bruce
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    Lion’s Mare?

    It's a Hericium, but not a lion's mane. This looks like bear's tooth (Hericium americanum), and is no doubt a little past its prime. Still, a nice find for this late in the year!
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    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
  8. 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
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    Hen of the woods

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    Id help

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

    Ha! I'd leave it in place and come back in a few days. Bruce
  13. 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
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    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
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    Finally found a hen

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    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
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    What is this?

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

    Coral Mushrooms

    More brown than orange.
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    Hen of the woods

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    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
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    Coral Mushrooms

    Be careful here. That looks like Ramaria stricta to me. Bruce
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    Found some hens today

    Whoa! I'd better go out tomorrow!
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    Lion's mane

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    Hens of the woods?

    Sure looks like it to me. I need to get out mushrooming! Bruce
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    BTW, BH, your kids mugging for the camera are hilarious. :-) Bruce

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