When: 2009-08-21

Collection location: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Shane Marsh (Mushane)

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: Its not uncommon for them to have caps in this color range, at least I have seen it numerous times so I guess its not uncommon for me :)

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By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-08-25 18:02:22 PDT (-0700)

welcome to mushroomobserver, im not really finding much as far as edibility lately, just various polypores and a few random Pluteus sp for the most part.
The Pluteus were all edible as far as the bugs were concerned.
The Agaricus augustus have stopped fruiting in places that arent irrigated.

3 hours? thats a nice walk.
I went for a 5 hour hike this morning before breakfast in Henry Cowell and found absolutely nothing, coincidence?

Find moist places where fungus are able to obtain a water source, near rivers, in fields where dew collects, by the ocean mists, sometimes even in the crevices of large hills. The only thing really fruiting right now are wood rotting mushrooms, so look at downed trees, logs, stumps, even ones that are in the creek, they are often wicks for huge colonies of Turkey Tails.

I am not particularly “hunting” for mushrooms when I find them during the summer, its usually cause im out walking around picking huckleberries or photographing various medicinal/edible plants.
I do not care to reveal the location of my berry patches!!! :P

I am just as anxious as you for the following mushroom season that will come with the rain, but patience is gold.
In the meantime, look into fungus federation santa cruz http://www.fungusfed.org/

By: Shane (shanew)
2009-08-25 17:01:54 PDT (-0700)

I just went hunting today in Henry Cowell and i was unsuccessful. I searched for about 3 hours with no findings at all, I’m pretty inexperienced, but is there any tips that you can give; have you been finding them recently? I would be siked if you could show me where you hunt and stuff, thanks in advance


By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-08-24 10:09:25 PDT (-0700)

they are different enough Macroscopically that I agree they are in the luteo-aerug group.

Are the spores different enough to tell?
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-08-24 02:45:55 PDT (-0700)

I mean, for Gymnopilus all the spores are brown and warted, and there are small-spored species, and larger spored species, and the spore sizes are mostly same within those two groups. So, spore shot will confirm Gymnopilus, and maybe put you into one of two groups. Are the species in question separated (enough) by spore size to tell you anything?

no problem
By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-08-23 10:39:34 PDT (-0700)

and as stated before this is growing from the same patch as the ones in my other observation, ill send a sample of both to compare if u want.

dry one, send it to me and I’ll do the micro-work-up.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-08-23 08:44:24 PDT (-0700)

But that cap color is in line with the description for luteofolius.

By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-08-22 22:55:54 PDT (-0700)

I can get spore shots but I still dont have a reticule or a micrometer so I cant measure spores.

got spore shot?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-08-22 17:35:43 PDT (-0700)

it would be nice to have the micro confirmation…

Are you sure?
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2009-08-21 23:58:06 PDT (-0700)

Very different color it seems to me.

same gymn
By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-08-21 23:16:36 PDT (-0700)