Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Recent Mushrooms - Late July 2012, part II

Reticulate Bolete - Boletus cf. reticulatus

A bolete that is very similar to the prized King Bolete, Boletus edulis.  I believe it is B. cf. reticulatus.    Some details that led me to this identification:
No bruising reactions.  The pores slowly turned to a brownish something-or-another color in the ones I brought home.  They described as turning brown, or not bruising when mature.  The flesh remained white.
White reticulation on the upper portions of the stem, browner lower down.  The stem peels in the older mushrooms, as in the photo below.
This mushroom also strongly resembles a Tylopilus bolete, but mushrooms of that genus tend to taste bitter (sometimes extremely so), and have spore prints on the reddish side of brown; this mushroom tasted very mild and had a brown spore print on the olive side of things (I find trying to discern the various shades of brown spore prints to be a bit frustrating and very subjective).

Note: B. reticulatus is a European mushroom.  The cf. in the name means this mushroom resembles B. reticulatus, but may actually be a different species.  Also note that when I first posted this mushroom, I misidentified it as B. variipes (and I could have misidentified it yet again).

Orange Grisette - Amanita crocea

Tall and spindly (like me), but like most Amanitas, still quite appealing to the eyes (quite debatable).  It was hard to find a description of this species; it closely resembles A. fulva and A. vaginata, both of which also lack a ring around the stem (most Amanitas have a ring around the stem, which is the remains of the partial veil, or the tissue that covers the immature gills).  Other identifying features:
Orangish colored cap.  The margins of the cap are lined, with a darker center.  The surface was a bit viscid. 
Gills free from the stem, visible in the mushroom pictured to the right, which is an older specimen.
Orangish, scaly stem.
A sac-like cup (volva) at the base of the stem, which I had to dig around to make visible.

Sulfur Shelf - Laetiporus sulphureus

This one is past it's prime, but I found another one that's going to be cooked into a curry noodle dish with tomatoes from the garden.

Crested Coral - Clavulina cristata

I was going for some creative lighting effect.  What do you think?

Lepiota sp.

These are well past their prime, but I thought they looked interesting.

Garlic Marasmius - Marasmius scorodonius

The tough, wiry stem is a good clue that these mushrooms are a species of Marasmius.  They have a definite garlic smell, and can be used to add flavor to dishes.  

Orange Pinwheel Marasmius - Marasmius siccus

Again, the tough, wiry stem indicates a species of Marasmius.  And the small size.  This one seemed to float above the dead leaves and twigs on the ground.