Posted on 08/23/2013

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Field Mushroom? Positive ID?

Field Mushroom?  Positive ID?
4" across. Dark Brown spore, brown gills, white cap.
Never ever eat a mushroom you pick without being 100% sure what it is. At least eighteen varieties in the UK will cause you significant damage/death. A mycologist will almost always want a spore print to confirm ID, which is why I usually take one - you lay the mushroom down gill-side down on a sheet of white/black paper and leave for a few hours. The print in this case was produced within three hours.
A useful site ot help with identification is

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And, I might add, beware identification by others. They could be wrong.

Very nice collage, John
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5 years ago.
Coldwaterjohn has replied to Armpro
One of my tutors was Peter D. Orton, the mycologist - several varieties are named after him (Ortonii), but sadly I never paid too much attention in Biology lessons! In later life I met him when he was studying the fungi of the Abernethy Forest and he told me very firmly that he had NEVER eaten any fungi, which I thought was quite amusing as he was one of the world's leading experts on their identification.
I refer anything I plan to eat to a mycologist friend, if I am not out collecting with someone who knows what they are doing. Near neighbours here poisoned half the family a few years ago (the author of The horse Whisperer was one of them and his wife, and their hosts), so we do take great care.
Our woods are full of golden chanterelles in just another couple of weeks, and we certainly know them well! Golden Chanterelles
5 years ago. Edited 5 years ago.
Janano -
Janano -
Love this!
5 years ago.
Maria Ismanah
Maria Ismanah
interesting, didn't know about the spore printing!
have a great weekend
5 years ago.
Coldwaterjohn has replied to Maria Ismanah
And you too. We are going to be chanterelle-hunting!
5 years ago.