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#1 ElPirana



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Posted 14 May 2020 - 09:19 AM

For the past couple years I've started really enjoying finding various mushrooms around where I live.  I keep taking pictures of them, but it's about time to start learning what they are!  It would be cool to find some edibles along the way, but I'm hesitant to try any without being sure.  Also, I think I'm in a deadzone for actives, so I'm really not expecting to find any psilocybin/psilocin containing mushrooms.


I would love to have input along the way if anyone has comments or suggestions.  Gonna try getting better at getting pictures too, the pics in the first post on taken on my phone but I have a DSLR that I want to start taking out on my hikes.


So here we go, this is the first one I found last week on 5/6.  These were found on some old dead tree limbs, not sure what types.  The caps are on average 3cm across, but they look young so maybe these will get larger.  As I was looking in the field guide, I think these may be Spring Polypore, Polyporus arcularius.  I don't think I saw fine hairs on the margin of the cap like I've seen in descriptions, but I may need to go back an look at these again, they're only a 10 minute walk from home anyway.






I went back three days later and took a few more pics (5/9):







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#2 ElPirana



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Posted 14 May 2020 - 07:16 PM

I went back out today with my kids.  First, just wanted to take another look at the same batch of mushrooms from my first post above.  I believe these are dead elm tree branches, I see many elm trees around these spots.


The largest is around 7.5cm across.  They feel smooth.








On my way to the destination, I spotted a few clusters of some new mushrooms I haven't seen around here yet, these were so cool.  The caps had patches on them, the largest was about 4cm in diameter.  They are growing on an unknown dead tree.  I tried to get a good picture of the gills but my camera was acting up lol.








There were a few of these also growing on dead tree limbs.  As I lifted one to take a look at the gills, I found a slug hiding underneath!






Then another single polypore.  This one felt a bit more dry and the cap was almost 12cm across.






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Posted 15 May 2020 - 01:13 AM

What a joy ElPirana,


So cool you took your kids out! Mushroom knowledge is great and its good that the mushrooms happily showed themselves to yall

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Posted 18 May 2020 - 03:05 PM

Great stuff :)

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 06:08 AM

A great exercise with the kids, and for yourself too, is to learn your local poisonous species together first. You can photograph them and read/study about them together.


IME knowledge and skill makes foraging, and eating, much more enjoyable.


As always we MUST have 100% positive ID BEFORE consuming anything....


Nice pictures and a great family activity although my family thinks that my fungal passion/obsession is an illness........they at least humor me.....


Good hunting to you and yours.....I don't think we'll ever run out of species to identify....



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 05:37 PM

Picture of the month material in here :)

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 08:35 PM

Nice man, idk the Latin names but looks like those poly pores could be a pheasant back/ dryads saddle ?

I hope to be in the woods Tuesday

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Posted 24 May 2020 - 02:32 AM

The polypores look like Pheasant Back (Cerioporus squamosus AKA Polyporus squamosus AKA long list of synonyms) to me too.
ElPirana - your first stab at I'ding them, Spring Polypore (Polyporus arcularius AKA another long list of synonyms), would seem to be ruled out based on stem attachment position as well as lack of hairy cap margin. For Spring Polypore it's described as central to slight off centre, compared with Pheasant Back which is described as offset. I can see the similarities though.

FYI - Mushroom Expert, and First Nature's fungi section are great resources if you've not come across them before:-


Kind regards,

Edited by Cuboid, 24 May 2020 - 02:39 AM.

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