Observation 89060: Leccinum Gray

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I like that,
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-03-12 19:39:01 CST (-0500)

so if I can paraphrase your advice with regards to microscopy: Do it once, do it right, then never do it again!

Tall order for sure and hard to achieve!

It takes a heck of a time indeed,
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2012-03-11 11:06:08 CST (-0500)

but with microscopy one shouldn’t hurry. Be patient and if you collect difficult mushrooms just take a few and work on them properly and thoroughly. I have to admit that I am leaning towards skipping notes on microscopy too for I have to edit my photos, collect, microscope, organize my data etc etc so there is not much time for intensive micro drawings or the like and I am bad at this. In the beginning it was fun now it is work. But at some point in time if you want to not halt at it you have to spend more time on the subject. There is just a limited range of mushrooms that you can tell by the naked eye, the majority cannot be named without optical help. But once you know how to look it brings back fun too.

It definitely takes
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-03-10 21:56:41 CST (-0500)

discipline to take the notes required. With just a few hours each weekend it is always tempting to trust memory and keep on moving. …and then don’t forget the microscopy. I am finding out how long that can take; I am sure it will become quicker as I learn more.

Next thing
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2012-03-10 17:37:41 CST (-0500)

with Leccinum and other Boletes (in fact with most of mushrooms) is to note the hosts (trees, shrubs). If you are not sure to which tree it belongs just write down all plants you see around it, even small bushes. Many Leccinum species grow either with birches or with aspens, less with oaks and other trees. With Corticiaceae note the tree on which they grow if you know it (it can be tricky often noticing it without bark or with rotten bark). As for taste DO NOT TRY Amanitas! Always note smell too …
Another important feature is the surface of cap and stipe (smooth, reticulate, dotted, pitted, glandulose, rooting). Just a few hints.

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