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Posted by WiseAcre on Aug 17th, 2015

Amanita flavoconia – Yellow Patches

Aug 17

My identifications always leave me in doubt but this time I feel my ID is spot on. Yellow Patches have some distinctive features that unveils it’s identity. Veil fragments form yellow patches on the smooth orange-yellow cap. The effect is visually striking making this mushroom as cute as a button.

Yellow Patches Amenita

Amenita flavoconia

On older specimens the patches may be worn off. This one was still fresh and while I hated to pull it up I wanted to check for another identifying characteristic of the veil.

Amanita flavoconia - Yellow Patches Mushroom

Look for pieces of the universal veil attached to the base. Not the best photo but you’ll see some blurry looking yellow fragments. A few remnants of the veil lay scattered around. Other identifying features are the yellow stem and small basal bulb.

Yellow Patches Amanita

Yellow Patches is a look but don’t eat mushroom. Gut wrenching gastronomical distress, dizziness and vomiting would be putting the potential symptoms mildly. It may not kill you but after ingesting one you might wish it would do it quickly.

Posted by WiseAcre on Aug 13th, 2015

Mycena leaiana – my seen uh mushroom

Aug 13

From a distance I though I spotted some Toothpaste Slime Mold but closer observation left me a bit disappointed. There was nothing to “pop” and no “orange juice” to be had. Poking them only broke off the caps and revealed gills. About the only thing I knew for sure is these weren’t fish so I went to the G+ Mycology Community to ask if anyone could identify my discovery.

Orange mycena or Lea’s mycena

Mycena leaiana

Turns out these mushrooms are common in my area and grow on dead hardwood. My best guess on the substrate is Maple since I found then in an old maple sugar bush. Of course I also checked out some mushroom sites and got a bit more info. The (non-fish) gills are marginate,meaning the orange color is mostly on the edge while the sides are white. If I had known at the time I would have tried getting a better pic of the gills.

orange mycena

I knew they weren’t Velvet foot mushrooms, Flammulina velutipes because they don’t have the dark stem base or velvety stem. But they sure do look similar at a quick glance. The orange mycena isn’t a edible delight either. My field guides say they’re edible or at least not poisonous. Some mention stringy or rubbery but I’m not about to try. I don’t eat fungus, I leave it to grow on my toenails.

Posted by WiseAcre on Dec 12th, 2013

Ravenel’s Stinkhorn

Dec 12

Found on Sept 9, 2013.
Their season spans from August to October.
The range spreads from Quebec to Florida and as far west as Ohio and Iowa.

These mushrooms were growing out of woody mulch. The Audubon field guide says these are commonly found in urban areas. I guess the village of Canton, NY is urban enough because I found them on the St. Lawrence University campus. This is the only time I’ve seen them.

Phallus ravenelii

As if their appearance wasn’t enough, the name adds to the suggestive nature of this stinkhorn.
If you don’t get it, ask a teenage boy after showing him these photos.

The cap is covered with a grey/olive-colored slimy spore mass. They are supposed to smell bad but I detected no odor from any in the cluster I found.

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