Common Name: Deer Mushroom
iNat #: 15796006

Nearby Flora: Blackberry bushes, Grass, Morning Glory vines

Substrate: Mixed Wood Chips and humus

Habit: Few (2) growing together in an area where there is Full Sun for extended periods of the day.

Odor: Cut Potato/very-mild Radish scent

Taste: Very-pleasant Potato-like taste and texture


Cap: Plane shape with some waviness/undulations irregularly present along w/a downward turn on the larger specimen…caused by the presence of the other specimen. The surface is smooth w/some cracking in the center and along the margin; striated from the center to the margin; light grey-brown…growing darker towards the center which has an Umbus, ~6” wide. Flesh is white, thick, very firm, and w/o bruising or coloration when cut. Somewhat tacky when wet. Margin is upturned.

Gills: Fragile, thin, pale salmon-pink, free, close, broad, and w/o bruising or coloration when cut. There are short, partial gills randomly placed along the margin.

Stipe: White, slightly bulbous at the base, central attachment. The top is about as thick as the base, with the entire stipe having an elliptical shape when viewed from the top. The stipe is smooth w/very fine and closely spaced, vertically running, wavy ridges/fibrils changing from light-to-medium grey-brown at the stipe base. The stipe is ~6” long and ~.5” – .75” wide for the major axis and ~.25” wide at the minor axis of the elliptical shape. Flesh is white, thick, very firm and w/o bruising or coloration when cut.

Spores: Pinkish brown

Mycelia: White, very dense, completely permeating the substrate down to ~ .75”


Side View
Top View
Umbus closeup
Bottom View
Cut view closeup
Substrate & Mycelium closeup

Proposed Names

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Used references: Audubon Society Field Guide to NA Mushrooms, Mushrooms of the Pacific NW, North American Mushrooms, a Field Guide to Edible & Inedible Fungi, Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America

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