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So it might have been a edible one. There were a few there that were more expanded. plate like sort of...and smaller ones as well. I brought home about 8 of them and threw them out in the yard on the end...in case they were edible they might put down spoors.Forager wrote: Sorry I left that out Quills. Yours looks to have come from the ground, has patches on a cap with a ragged margin (veil remnants). Gills are white, clearly free of the stem and rather closely packed. Smooth, solid, slender stem with dark striations, same color as the cap as it rises, thick ring (movable?) on the upper portion, bulbous at the base. Without more information I'm inclined to call this a Lepiota, possibly L. procera (the Parasol mushroom).
As mentioned, big year for this one. They may be seen all over around here, woods, fields, lawns, etc, singly, in scattered groups, dense clumps and beautiful broad fairy rings. I've seen some whose caps have expanded into dinner plates, others easily a foot tall. Have they been as plentiful out by you?
It's interesting to me that every year a different mushroom or mushrooms tend to dominate the stage and others which can be common or plentiful in other years seem to just bunker in.
Steve you write.... and our dog...so... you got another dog after loosing you buddy a while back?Forager wrote: I'm grateful for the kind reception of what I seek to share, thank you. Much of what I see and encounter is because my mostly solitary forays permit me to be exclusively present with these environments without even the most agreeable distraction. However, when my wife accompanies me we see so much more thanks to the second set of eyes operating in mutual sympathy to our purpose.
Today was one of those days and she found 90% of the take in yet another section of Old Woods. Again omitting images of the now supernumerary Hens and Milkies, she located a generous patch of Hedgehogs (H. repandum), countless Milkies (Lactarius), several Hens, the earliest Wood Ear and Blewits for this season and more. It was cool to walk behind her and our dog as an assistant to a formidable forager, as I found rather little beyond a mature Beefsteak Polypore, a couple of Chanterels and not very much else.
Additions to our topic's ongoing roster:
Another jelly fungus (as is the previously shown Orange Jelly), Wood Ear -
Wood Ear.JPGMany might recognise this as an ingredient in many of their favored Chinese restaurant dishes.
Neither of these are edible but are respected for their delicate beauty and color, the Violet Cort and a colony of Stereum Parchment -
Violet Cort and Stereum Parchment.JPG
And in my experience, this earliest appearance of the season's 'closing act', Blewits (Lepista nuda) -
Blewits.JPGThis fungus readily transforms leaf and twig litter into rich soil - note the upturned one's cottony white mycelial bundle threading through a layer of leaves which at their deepest has become soil. If clearing our forests of natural debris and enriching earthen substrates isn't enough they also provide an excellent mushroom of good size, thick flesh and fairly dense weight as the agent of projected ongoing custodial activity. Blewits persist into freezing weather as I can attest to having gathered them fresh with ice plates upon their caps (need to get a photo of that).