Identification: Please identify these large mushrooms

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  1. MrPunch

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    Hi,

    My friend has these large impressive mushrooms growing in his yard. They have been growing slowly for a couple weeks. The largest one has a cap of about a 5 inch diameter. They are growing on a dead log stump.

    I am curious if these are edible?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. C.Wick

    C.Wick Active Member

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    Very handsome fellows...I'm thinking most likely unedible just because of the duration of their life cycle so far? They look like they're heavily sporing at the moment too.
    Sadly, I've no idea what these are but will be very interested in what the more Northerly folk have to say here?
     
  3. Frog

    Frog Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    These look like Pholiota.
    There are some edible Pholiotas, but there are poisonous members of this group, so you'd really need to be certain of the identification to species.
     
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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Pholiota flammabilis, maybe? :-)
     
  5. Kuhnayjun

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    Speaking of Pholiota can anyone tell me the ident of this one? Is it Squarrosa or Squarrosoides? One is edible the other poisonous ...
     

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    allelopath Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    from Mushroomexpert.com:
    Theoretically, Pholiota squarrosoides can be separated from the very similar Pholiota squarrosa without the use of a microscope, since its gills go from whitish to rusty brown without passing through a greenish stage, and its cap is often slightly sticky underneath the scales (as opposed to the always-dry cap of Pholiota squarrosa). Additionally, Pholiota squarrosoides never develops the garlicky odor that some collections of Pholiota squarrosa develop.
     
  7. Kuhnayjun

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    Thanks for that allelopath!! I peeled the cap on one and asked my wife (who can smell a rat mile away) what she could smell. Her first response was it had a "oniony" or garlic smell. The other thing is the cap is still dry after peeling. That tells me it's Squarrosa and poisonous.

    Oh well.... guess I'll just eat all the Chanterelles we found.
     
  8. MycoRob

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    I would suggest Neolentinus ponderosus for consideration.
     
  9. Frog

    Frog Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    MycoRob: 'can't tell for certain, but it looks like the spores are dark.
     
  10. MrPunch

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    Thanks for all the info guys...Its hard to find something that looks precisely like my mushroom but alot of very similar ones.
     

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