Observation 9890: Boletus edulis Bull.
When: 2008-08-23
No herbarium specimen

Notes: two kinds of mushrooms
one of them can be Psilocybe cyanescens and the other is white and brown, inside its clean white.
can anyone tell me if the are edible?

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By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2011-08-20 10:40:45 PDT (-0700)

“without that all important voucher specimen, all of these sightings here on MO are just rumors!”

Eh, I think the ones with photos (the vast majority) are somewhere in between the two extremes — unless you think photoshopping and/or plagiarism of photos is rampant on the site. :)

if your question is whether these are edible boletes…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-08-20 10:07:08 PDT (-0700)

then I would recommend trying a bit, at least the fat, brown-capped mushrooms with pores instead of gills that you show in the top row of mushrooms.
they certainly resemble Boletus edulis to me, and this is their season in the North. Bite a bit of a cap….is it mild and nutty? Try a bit sauteed….is it tasty? does it set well in your tummy?

none of your mushrooms shown are Psilocybe species. get a copy of Stamet’s “Psilocybe Mushrooms of the World”…it is an excellant guide with many great photos and descriptions. some lookalikes are DEADLY.

mixed collections like these (at least three species) will get confused answers…best to show one species at a time…sort ‘em out like blocks, looking for characteristics in common. your eye will improve over time, but don’t eat what you don’t know!

oh wait, this is from three years ago!! why are we having this discussion anyway?

not every post here on MO is going to be what we want it to be…a perfect record of fungal diversity and occurrence across the world…with GPS coordinates and great photos and documentation and backed up by well preserved dessicata. sometimes, folks just wanna have a little input on their fungus, or perhaps not divulge their hunting area, whether because it contains edible species or because it is of marginal legality. I don’t need a specific locale other than Northern Hemisphere to get this one bolete at any rate, to species…it sure looks unambiguous to me!

but without that all important voucher specimen, all of these sightings here on MO are just rumors!

I concur
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2011-08-20 09:28:59 PDT (-0700)

Surely we can narrow down the location a bit further than “Canada” without giving away any secrets. :) If nothing else, you’d have far greater odds of getting useful help if you gave our users a better idea where you were.

Where exactly in Canada was this?
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2011-08-20 00:16:43 PDT (-0700)
I hope so.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2011-04-25 23:13:29 PDT (-0700)

The gilled fungus in the lower left of the photo looks disturbingly similar to Paxillus involutus.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-04-25 18:42:44 PDT (-0700)

I take it you meant white pores in reference to B. barrowsii :). I see as many as three distinct species here. Looks like arcticshrrom avoided a potential hospital trip by coming here first.

2 different genus
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-08-26 16:24:01 PDT (-0700)

1 looks to be a Leccinum, with black scabers on the lower half of the stalk. The other (white gills, mostly white stalk) could Boletus barowsii. Neither is a Psilocybe, which has gills. Neither of these genus have gills, but rather tubes that should easily separate from the cap. Boletus barowsii is quite edible and considered choice, and sometimes called a White Bolete. Leccinum are often edible, but need to be collected while still very young. Your specimens are probably pretty well colonized by mushroom fly larvae now.

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