Mushroom Identification Help With Photos
While all of these mushrooms are considered edible, this does not mean that you don't have to use caution in your identification. Learn your Keys to identifying mushrooms by studing Field guides and learning from other hunters.
In addition to your field guides, DR. Michael Kuo's Mushroom Expert site is a great resource.
Bricktops: Naematoloma sublateritium - photo by Steo
Edible with caution.
A late fall shroom, found in clustered growth on deciduous (oak,maple,etc) logs. Usually a brick red color cap, with purplish-gray gills. Very good to eat, but caution needs to be given on identification.
A purple-brown sporeprint is key. - description by miker
Lions Mane or Bears Tooth: Hericium erinaceus - photo by Steo
The lions mane, is a white beard-like mushroom growth, that likes living on just about dead decidous trees. The beard when examined more closely looks like long white spines, & is found in late summer into fall If this shroom is beginning to turn yellow, leave it. They will have a bittery taste then. - description by miker
Aborted Entoloma: Entoloma abortivum (left) and Pear-Shaped Puffball: Morganella pyriformis (right) - photo by Steo
The aborted are in the bag.
Yes, there are a lot of edible mushrooms but you should always do a spore print and know 100% with out a doubt the exact mushroom you have before eating it. Not all mushrooms can produce a spore print like these two. Actually you can get a spore print from a puffball but if wait until they produce spores they are no good to eat. Always try a small sample and wait till the next day to make sure you aren't alergic or anything. Always keep a fresh sample in the fridge just in case you need to show a doc what you ate. I know this has been said time and again but I don't want anyone to just use these pictures as a guide to what is edible. Know the ones that are poisonous before you venture on. - description by Steo
Blewits: Lepista nuda - photo by Steo
The Blewit is a lilac to purple capped mushroom, with purplish gills, and a thick stem, usually very wide at the base of the stem.
Spore print is pinkish buff. Another choice late fall shroom. - description by miker
Velvet Foots: Flammulina velutipes - photo by Steo
Edible with caution.
The velvet foot is a late fall mushroom, that grows on soft wooded decidous trees (elm, poplar, aspen etc).
It's better for a new hunter to leave it alone and not picked, unless you are with a seasoned hunter that truely knows the differences between it and other poisonous species. - description by miker