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Hello, I am trying to name this mushroom, but it was really difficult for
an unexperienced person to define it. So, I decided to upload it here to
hear good ideas and comments from you. It would be greatly appreciated if
you could help me name this.
My dad found it in our backyard under a coniferous tree we are unable to
specify what it is exactly (but definitely not pine tree). Its size is
larger than my palm.
It smells like salty soil (can’t find any expression other than this), but
not strong. It also vaguely had the fragrance of ordinary edible mushrooms.
The head is wide and relatively flat compared to the size of the body.
It was smoothly torn vertically from the body by hand.
My dad took a tiny bit of the body and tried to taste it. There was nothing
particular in taste and he’s fine luckily :l (I heared this after he brought
it to me.)
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Take the cap and cut the stem off fairly close (try not to get the gills) to the top of the cap. Then place on aluminum foil and put it under a cup from ten to twelve hours. Fold print up and label. This makes the spores easy to have their color gauged, make them easy to remove for placing on slides, and is pretty clean.
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This is one of the most reliable macroscopic testing techniques for testing Agaricus spp. If it smells phenolic or like ink (i.e. A. xanthodermus), then it isn’t edible even though your father’s testimony seems to be in your favor.For the most part, Agaicus spp. aren’t too hard to ID macroscopically (though a few snapshots from the scope would more than help), though I don’t recognize this species. Regardless of its taxonomy, this specimen is beautiful. Also, please reaffirm to you father that eating any unidentified fungus is playing a game of Russian Roulette. This is no fun for any player.
I searched Agaricus on this website and my dad said it looked very similar
to the genus. Could you specify that more if we can upload a spore print?
It is my first time to get the print done, so it would be great if you could
let me know how to get the spore print.
P.S. Correction to be made soon : Earlier said I that he got this from our
backyard, but actually he got it from his friend’s house (Unionville).
The gill color reminds me of an Agaricus. If it is (don’t quote me), that’s the meatiest damn stem I’ve ever seen on any species of this genus. Did you get a spore print?
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