Identification: mushroom identification

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    Hi, We have several of these strange large mushrooms growing in the back yard. I am hoping that someone can identify them. I thank you in advance!!
     

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    Frog Generous Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    It might be Paxillus involutus.
    ...Which may have been renamed recently as I think there were some taxonomic changes affecting some Paxillus.

    But this ID is a guess, since even if I could see all the characters (gills, spore colour, gill attachment and so on), it's still one of many brownish mushrooms <grin>.

    -frog
     
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    Frog Generous Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Also it would be good to move this to the Fungus ID forum :-)
     
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    Thank you so kindly, I am new to this so will repost it there.
     
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    Hi, I hope that someone will be able to identify this large mushroom. We inherited a crop of these when we moved here. They are large, have a divot on top that collects water. How would I find out if they were edible? Thank you so kindly!!
     

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    Frog Generous Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    If these do turn out to be Paxillus involutus, although they are listed as edible in the older books, and are still eaten by some folk, the current concept is that you might be able to eat them for a few decades and then one day you mysteriously just keel over.
    I think I'd rather eat my morels.... :-)
     
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    Thanks kindly again, yes I believe I shall take your generous advice and just admire them :)
     
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    lol....great mushrooms!
    do they secret any 'milk' do u know?
    i'll agree with frog on these fellows..........never EVER take chances if u'r not used to wild mushrooms.....especially? if they're growing in yards.....more often then not? they're poisonous...even when once listed as 'edible'
     
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    Hi,thanks for your response. No, they do not secrete any milk. Some of them, though, are about 8" side to side and the top has a big divot that collects the rain. The little lady that lived in this house was 95 years old and she seems to have had all sorts of wild and wonderful things growing here that we are still discovering. Thanks again!!
     

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