This photo was taken of a display at the 2003 Oregon Mycological Society Fall Mushroom Show, held at the World Forestry Center, Portland, OR. This is also one of the first mushrooms I have cultivated, first growing it in a compost pile in my backyard. It is frequently found on old Thatcher ant colony nests, made up mostly of Douglas fir needles and twigs, which are fairly easy to find in younger (less than 30 years old) stands of Douglas fir west of the Cascades Mountains in Oregon. While some sources have reported illnesses with this mushroom, I have had no problems eating it. It frequently is one of the first mushrooms found in late summer after almost any amount of rainfall near where several inches of compost are located. Usually (as in my backyard) that compost includes grass clippings as well as twigs and sometimes Douglas fir needles.
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