Collection location: Southwest of Laramie, Wyoming, USA [Click for map]
this one reminded me of the mushroom houses on the cartoon the smurf’s lol also wondering what would be the best book for this novice mushroom hunter i have a couple but would like more
[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:06:16 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘south west of laramie Wyoming’ to ‘Southwest of Laramie, Wyoming, USA’
In Colorado I would start with “Mushrooms of Colorado and the Southern Rocky Mountains” by Vera S. Evenson. If that one doesn’t satisfy, then I’d go to David Arora’s “Mushrooms Demystified”. It is a bit more biased towards the actual west coast, but it has a lot of comments about collecting throughout the US and the keys generally cover all the common US species. Some people find it a bit too technical and detailed, but in general it is very readable and fun. It is getting a bit long in the tooth regarding nomenclature, but there really isn’t a better option out there at the moment.
The Bolete like spores and scabers on the stalk tell us that this is a Leccinum species.
This page has more info on Leccinum then you wanted to know. There is also a key at the bottom of the page so you can determine which species you have.