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Unknown Mushroom
Location: In the woods of South Mississippi

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Chris2002
Chris2002
Unknown Mushroom

Scattered throughout the forest floor, not grouped together. Beautiful hunter orange color.
Unknown Mushroom

Unknown Mushroom
Unknown Mushroom - October 20, 2009

Unknown Mushroom

Unknown Mushroom
Unknown Mushroom - October 20, 2009

Unknown Mushroom

Unknown Mushroom
Unknown Mushroom - October 20, 2009

Unknown Mushroom

Unknown Mushroom
Unknown Mushroom - October 20, 2009

Comment: Unknown Mushroom

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gardengeek
gardengeek

If you have a cheap magnifying glass, you can put it up to the lens of your camera, and you'll get some incredible shots.
October 25, 2009
13:14:19
gardengeek
gardengeek

Jack-O'-lanterns have a pleasant, fruity fragrance. They are sometimes mistaken for the edible chanterelle, which is the same color and also has pleasant smell. Chanterelles, however, have flat-edged, interconnecting ridges or wrinkles instead of knifelike gills, and grow on the ground. Size 3" to 10" tall, cap 3" to 8" diameter.

These mushrooms are found in summer and fall, in large clusters at the base of trees, on stumps or on buried wood.

The jack-o'-lantern can cause mild to severe (though not life-threatening) illness if eaten.
http://mdc.mo.gov/nathis/mushrooms/mushroom/poisonous.htm
October 21, 2009
21:53:29
Chris2002
Chris2002

I didn't find any this morning, we were leaving today, not much time in the woods. Hopefully they will still be there early next week. Rain for the next 3 days. Thank you for your help as well. We are just moving to this area, 77 acres, lots of woods, native plants, tons of ferns, exciting!
October 21, 2009
15:44:06
gardengeek
gardengeek

All you need is something where you can see the color of the spores clearly... And THANKS for all the Flower IDs!
October 21, 2009
11:39:57
Chris2002
Chris2002

Thank You! I'll try to check again in the morning. Would fabric work?
We are just moving here, and I don't know if I can find black paper. Or maybe a dark book cover? This mushroom is more orange than yellow. The gills run down the top of the stem, but not to the base.
October 20, 2009
19:05:59
gardengeek
gardengeek

Oh, I just realized, you should do the spore print on dark paper, black would be the best.
October 20, 2009
18:19:24
gardengeek
gardengeek

The best way to get a good spore print is to just make sure the gills (underside) is close to the paper, and that there is no air movement around it, sometimes the spores are as fine as smoke.
October 20, 2009
18:17:22
gardengeek
gardengeek

WIKI: The False chanterelle (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca) has a similar appearance and can be confused with the chanterelle. Distinguishing factors are color (true Chanterelle is uniform egg-yellow, while the false one is more orange in hue and graded, with darker center) and attachment of gills to the stem (true Chanterelle has them running down the stem unlike the false one).

Another lookalike is the poisonous Jack-O-Lantern mushroom, Omphalotus olearius.
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The false chantarelle has white spores, the real one should have cream spores.
October 20, 2009
18:15:19
Chris2002
Chris2002

I tried with the spores, my light is not great, but I did'nt see anything. Can I put any weight on the caps?
October 20, 2009
17:11:56
gardengeek
gardengeek

You should be afraid! Mushrooms can be very dangerous. :)
To create a spore print, place the whole cap, right side up, on a piece of paper for about 30 minutes.

Don't eat any until you're 100% sure!
October 20, 2009
15:34:38
Chris2002
Chris2002

Thank You GardenGeek! I am a great cook and love mushrooms, but of course I was very afraid. I'm going now to pick a couple, thank you for your help, I'll post again shortly. Now, by cutting off the cap, remove the stem or cut the cap in half?
October 20, 2009
15:24:02
gardengeek
gardengeek

A real Chantarelle smells fruity like an apricot.
October 20, 2009
15:04:17
gardengeek
gardengeek

Oh, and never eat any wild mushrooms without a positive ID... You could get sick or even die...

Thanks!
October 20, 2009
14:52:55
gardengeek
gardengeek

Looks like a Chanterelle, which is one of the most delicious mushrooms. To positively ID this mushroom you would need an upclose picture of the underside of the cap, and a spore print. To create a spore print, cut off the cap and place the cap on a white sheet of paper for about 30 minutes. Take a picture of the print that's left on the paper.
October 20, 2009
14:51:47

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