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This page is set-up to help the mushroom community identify mushrooms for each other.  If you have a nice, clear picture of a mushroom that you need help identifying then click HERE and send it along with any comments regarding where you picked it and what it might have been growing on.  If someone has an idea of it's strain or has a question regarding it then please contact us by clicking the appropriate email link and we will forward the information.


ID #57
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These grow in a certain corner of our lawn in Springfield, Oregon.  They have been coming up since late September.  I had recently dumped some wood stove ash in the area and it is in a shady corner by reason of some shrubs.  Are these Meadow Mushrooms?



ID #56
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Found growing on front lawn.  Virginia Beach, Virginia.  13 October, 2006



ID #55
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About 2 months ago I noticed there was a good size mushroom growing at the base of a pine tree just outside our house. I picked it and threw it out, the next week there was another one growing in the same exact spot. The next week there were about 5 more growing around the perimeter of the pine tree just the perimeter, not anywhere inside. Now, 2 months later there are more than 2 dozen growing around the tree, I would like to find out it they are harmful to animals or if they are edible. They are growing in numbers and I would like to find out what kind they are.
1st picture- 3 mushroom and a size 6 shoe in boys.
2nd picture- the tops of the mushrooms
3rd picture- the largest of the mushrooms with a maple leaf next to it
4th picture- a baby mushroom the size of a computer mouse.

Comment:  I believe these are Agaricus Augustus, 'The Prince'.

The gills, which remained white for a long period of time, may cause it to be confused with a Lepiota. It is most common from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast, and is one of the several large, fleshy species of the Agaricus which both brews yellow and have a pleasant, almond-like or aniseed odor.

Next time they grow see if this information matches up.



ID #54
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I'm fairly confident that the attached are horse mushrooms. They don't
have a strong smell nor does the flesh stain yellow when cut. They smell
just like 'supermarket' mushrooms. Found them on our lawn today (UK

Help with identification appreciated





ID #53
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Can you tell me if this is a shroom or a poisonous mushroom?



ID #52
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ok i recently found these shrooms in my yard and i threw most of them out I need to find out what they are to see if it is a health hazard as i have young people around. i tried to get as many shots as possible. thanks zacc (concerned parent)

Ps. ok i know I over-killed with the photo's but it should help
PLEASE send me a reply. i live in Sydney ,Australia and it is summer. I need
your help.
There are other Australian mushrooms which have very similar toxins to A. phalloides. These include many species of Galerina, Gyromitra, Lepiota and Cortinarius.  I am no expert...especially in Australian fungi.... but this is what I found.....


It appears to me to maybe be one in the Lepiota species?

Macrolepiota excoriata


Here is a little help...

A good way to know if you have bad mushrooms in your yard is to check for small insect holes. Look close and see if you can spot any holes were insects have barrow their way into the caps. If you do not notice this, then you should destroy them.



ID #51
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These mushrooms growing in pot plant,
is assume that it came from the
plants mix and not the potting mix.



ID #50
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Those look like honey mushrooms. We sauté them.
They look as if honey has been poured on them in the mornings.



ID #49
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These grew in my backyard (in the lawn). They sprung up like crazy just 
after it rained.  As far as I know, there's no manure in the lawn. The soil is very moist 
and relatively thick. We have a couple of paper-barks and a tall gum tree 
in our backyard near where they sprung up and the ground looks like it 
gets lots of compost stuff from the leaves and stuff that fall off the 

I come from Sydney, Australia and it's our Summer now but it's been rather 
cool and wet for summer (don't know if this info helps).

Can you please tell me what they are?

Steve (curious) L
Mr. Spock Rules!!!



ID #48
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I spotted them growing in this unique spot, on a tree branch. Looks like they're coming out of a tree branch.


Dear Darcy


The mushroom growing from old branch stubs is Hypsizygus tessulatus (old name Pleurotus ulmarius) - loves box elder and American elm.
I consider all parts of this one to be OK; just use common sense if the stems appear too tough.  The good news is that it appears so late that it is seldom "buggy."  As with all wild edibles, don't eat a large portion the first time, and save a small amount uncooked for ID purposes should you have an extremely rare allergic reaction.  This is a mushroom I recommend to people as a good edible for beginners since there is no poisonous look-alike, it has a unique habitat, and the texture is good.  Hope you enjoy it.



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Hi I live in Kleinburg Ontario a small town just north of Toronto. I have not been able to identify the attached mushrooms. Could someone tell me the name and whether they are edible?


They look to be the King Bolete (Boletus edulis).  Caps are 10-20 cm across, convex, and slippery when wet, smooth, and ochre to red-brown.  Flesh is white, not staining.  Fruits on the ground under conifers or in mixed woods.  Edible.  KEEP CHECKING YOUR RESOURCES!
Per Eric D

Definitely NOT Boletus edulus!
Boletes have tubes not gills.



ID #46
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This is growing in a northern Florida yard. It should be easy to identify, but it is giving me a fit. Can you help?
Macrolepiota rachodes

Common Name: Shaggy Parasol
Edible and choice, but a few allergic reactions have been reported.



ID #45
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I found this mushroom growing under a pine tree in northern Minnesota.
Any ideas?




ID #44
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Here are some nice images from a field in GA about 1 hour from Atlanta.



ID #43
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These are growing out of Horse manure.
Does any one know what they are? and are they good to eat?  Thanks, Paul
Those look like mushrooms I found on horse manure in central California. They had purple-black or black spores. I ate one and if gave me pain right below my throat for a few days. It felt like there was a stone in my chest.



ID #42
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  I found these shrooms jogging through a park with a lot of old growth, and forest setting, in Portland, OR.  Not a lot of sun exposure with the canopy of trees. They were growing in dirt on the base of some old wooden steps. There was no other growth around the shrooms, just dirt. The print color is deep purple. If anyone knows anything about these shrooms let me know. 




ID #41
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Jokers Garden

near Waterloo Illinois. It was found under a walnut tree. actually all the mushrooms I sent pics of were under the same tree. a sycamore tree was nearby as well.



ID #40
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These mushrooms were growing under a pine tree in Maine. These mushrooms have very thick stems.



ID #39 (Eric Part 1)
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This and about 6 others was growing at the foot of a pine tree and had lightly compacted gravel. These things are about 15cm diameter and weigh about 10 ounces each!
I am located in Southern France and the climate was totally dry for 3 months until Sep7 when 25cm fell! Its been totally dry since.
Any ideas would be helpful.
That mushroom is indeed poisonous, notice the vulva at the bottom of the mushroom? I believe it's a species of Amanita Muscaria, which is highly toxic..



ID #38 (Eric Part 2)
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That mushroom is indeed poisonous, notice the vulva at the bottom of the mushroom? I believe it's a species of Amanita Muscaria, which is highly toxic..
The photo labeled "other ones" is another one i found in the same driveway
but growing from underneath rocks it is damp here. I like in Michigan near
Ohio and it was found in October.  (See PART 1 BELOW)



ID #37 (Erik)
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I found these in a rock / dirt drive way. It is not a very wet surface but
when it gets we it stays wet. The underneath part of the cap is dark brown
/ black. I like in Michigan near Ohio and it was found in October.





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This was found around the Utah border in the Kebab forest.  Can you identify
it for me?



ID #34
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Attached are pics of a shroom I can’t ID. They were under Birch and Elm trees, base is smaller than stalk. I have not spore printed yet.
Possible Identification
I have ID the Shroom it’s a short stalk White Russula.



ID #33
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I found two of these in my lawn this morning.  I live in Central Washington state.  I've never seen anything like this.  Is it a mushroom of some type?



ID #32
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About a year ago, a tree was removed in my back yard and the stump was ground down.  In the spot where the stump used to stick out of the ground, we filled the hole with wood chips and soil.  So, having a few old Z-Strain cakes, I ground them up and mixed them in with the wood chips and soil.
This spring, loads of mushrooms grew from this spot.  They looked almost identical to the Z-Strain mushroom, only very slightly different in size and color (which I attributed to them growing in the sun and in nature - is this a safe assumption?). 
Well, when the hot summer months came, they stopped growing (they don't have enough shade) until about a week ago.  All of a sudden, from the exact spot the majority of the mushrooms were growing before, came the mushrooms in these pictures.  They are (as you can see) enormous.  Do they look like they are possibly identifiable?  If so, could you give me a guess?



ID #31
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Can you tell me what these might be?
Triaxe writes:
might be a clitocybe odora (fennel funnel cap) make a spore print if it is dull pink then yes



ID #30
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These mushrooms are growing in my lawn. 
Impossible to get rid of so I wondered if they might be edible.
This appears to be agaricus campetris, or the common "meadow mushroom". When sautéed much liquid will come off, and can be used as a flavoring sort of broth. Preferably
the caps will be less mature than your web specimen.When cap is less mature the gills should be pink. On one occasion when I located a number of agaricus campestris in
the same maturity as yours I 'seeded' a cow pasture with them in autumn. Come spring there were mushrooms everywhere, THOUSANDS. Hope this helps.

Grants Pass, Oregon



ID #29
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Found this in cow field in Western, Fl.  Edible????
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Might be the hallucinogen psilocybin Cubensis by the way it looks and the description of the habitat where u found it especially the Florida part



ID #28
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These were found just today and they grew just overnight it seems because we didn’t see them yesterday.
We have a grassy lawn that gets plenty of water and sun.
We live in Chandler,AZ and have dogs who help the soil along quite frequently, if you catch my drift.

Any info would be great………..

Macrolepiota procera



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Found these walking past a small flower bed type thing behind a building. They seemed to be in constant shade and the soil was pretty damp.



ID #26
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I found these mushrooms growing on a trail behind my house. I am not sure what they are. If anyone has any info I would appreciate it. Thanks



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I picked those mushrooms in UK in the Peak District. I was told by an old walker it was edible. Its really so you think????
Anyway I would be happy to know its name as well.
Thank you very much.

Triaxe writes:
fungus on tree might be (dryad's saddle) polyporus squamosus wich is edible and tastes resembles watermelon rind.



ID #24
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These mushrooms popped up basically overnight in the pot of an indoor palm tree.  Any help identifying them would be appreciated.  The color is pretty accurate, they're bright yellow and smell very mushroomy.

Another person writes: I have one that grew out of the bottom of my Papyrus planter. Los Angeles, CA.

I am guessing that this might be the Russula Foetens or the Russula Vitellina.
This is only a guess on my part. It is hard to tell without closer pics of the mushroom cap and gills while it is still fresh.

We have this sort of mushroom in our back yard and we don't know if it is poison.
I have one in a garden. Australia, QLD, BILOELA.



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I found this mushroom in SE Arizona along a perennial stream at about 4000' elevation. It appears from all identification sources that I have to be a morel. Could you provide a more specific identification as to the type of morel, is it an edible variety or am I totally wrong?

this is not a poisonous mushroom. I live in northeast Nebraska and we have a family tradition of "mushroom hunting" during early spring for the moral mushrooms. you can cook them with just butter or you can cover them in flour or crushed crackers and cook them in butter. I love them!                                                                                                                                         Tricia
That’s a Brain Shroom, at least that’s the nick name it has, its dangerous to eat so don’t eat it. From what I understand its has properties of rocket fuel, and yes its a very strong, and its in the moral family.

Mr. Nighter

Triaxe writes:
that fungus is a common morel / morchella esculenta and very much edible

Morchela esculenta
(very edible)

I picked a few today in Nebraska. We just fried 40 or so. cut in 1/2 rinse well.
Dust in a little seasoned flour and pan fry in hot oil.



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I found some shrooms growing in a tree stomp, there like a light brown color and has black stripes above the stomp and the grow on group are they any magic shrooms that are like this?


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I was camping with the Boy Scouts this weekend along the Coast in California near Santa Cruz and saw this beautiful mushroom. I took the picture and though you might enjoy it. I was walking along a trail and a beam of sunlight was shining through the trees down on this one mushroom, growing by itself. The picture is untouched. Do you know what kind of mushroom this is?


Probably what is called a waxy cap-- pretty but contains poisonous muscarine-- nice photo



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Can you help me identify these mushrooms? I found them growing in my lawn and was wondering what they were.

Triaxe writes:
fungus might be a laccaria amethystina (amethyst deceiver) which is edible but contains high concentration of arsenic



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I live in an apartment, which I am renting. I have an umbrella plant which several times now, has grown a yellow mushroom. I have not planted anything, and I have changed the soil 3 times. Each time, the mushrooms come back. What are these, and where are they coming from? Is it something in the air of my apartment!?




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These are, at least mostly, of the golden teacher 
strain. It's possible it could be mixed with another 
strain, but definitely golden teacher. I'm not sure 
of it's scientific name though. 



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PER OLIVER - Look like mushroom from the Panaeol family.
Look for a white crown surrounding the cap.


ID #4
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PER OLIVER - These mushrooms are from the Coprinus family


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Oliver -
Chanterelles, or Cantharellus cibarius same thing. No doubt. Excellent to eat!


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Two different kind of mushroom. Right belongs to the Boletus family. Look for a foam-like appearance underneath.


ID #7
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Some kind of Lactarius (?) not sure. Check for a milky juice when broken


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My names Mitch, I live out in Brevard, NC and I've seen plenty of these mushrooms in the local park, the yellow one, lol.  I've actually eaten a piece of one that looked very much similar to that and it was a mushroom that everyone called an "ink cap" I'm not sure of its name or anything but you can definitely NOT eat that one it made my head and stomached feel terrible!
Looks like Tylopilus felleus. (Boletus family)
Look for foam-like flesh underneath the cap, a little pinkish colored.
Tastes awful, but non-toxic,



ID #10
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Most certainly Amanita. Possibly Amanita junquillea. Stay away!



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Triaxe writes:
could be lactarius controversus (pink gill milk cap)

I guess Lactarius vellereus


ID #12a, 12b, 12c, 12d, 12e
North East Ohio... Fall 2002 in the Wetlands
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I have seen and picked many of these particular mushrooms. They are, to the best of my knowledge, "psilocybin sub-cubensis" a hallucinogen. These are very common and are usually found on cow manure or soil that has been enriched with cow manure.


Limacella ochraceolutea



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Phallus impudicus "stinkhorns"!

The method the stinkhorns use to disperse spores is quite ingenious, though a little disgusting to human sensibilities. The foul-smelling slime is calculated to attract flies and other insects, who land on the slime and gobble it up. Little do the insects know that they have been duped into covering their little insect feet with stinkhorn spores, and have ingested spores into their digestive tracts! Later, these spores are dispersed by the unwitting insects, and the stinkhorn life-cycle continues elsewhere. 

These were found growing about 45 minutes from Windsor, On. 
They look like brown eggs hatching...into these 8 inch tall mushrooms.



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I have recently come upon your website about #16, and wanted to know if it's possible to have grown the same mushrooms from chicken dung. The reason I say this is because, my friend has found some like those in his back yard where he has chickens.

Ms. Mushroom



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My boyfriend & I were walking along in a schoolyard when we found these. He thinks they might be liberty caps, but we're being cautious & asking for advice before we go & stuff our faces.  I'm in Portland Oregon, the ground was wet & there was a lot of clover or maybe sour grass growing, along with moss. The patches were also kind of close to mole hills or just dirt patches.
The caps are slightly conical & go from darkish brown at the top to very light tan at the bottom with darkish brown lines coming from the center like a starburst.  If anyone can help with this it would be most appreciated. Thanks.

I Have encountered these mushrooms in The "Field Of Dreams" and I have known many people who have eaten them and become violently sick one person almost died. Everybody around here knows them as "Dick Heads" (appropriately named). So I hope you didn't eat them!  One more thing these mushrooms are non hallucinogenic and contain no Psilocybin.


Lactarius chrysorrheus
(milk abundant, white, rapidly becoming sulphur yellow)



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These were growing last fall in a nearby park, at the base of some oak
trees (in the soil in between where the roots are coming up to the surface,
forming the trunk of the tree). Size of the mushrooms was about four
inches tall. As you can see they all crowded together, or emanated from a
common base.


No, they are not Macrolepiota procera: way to small.
Maybe M. excoriata or Macrolepiota konradii.

Do not eat them!

Link: Chlorophyllum molybdites




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