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Need your help identifying 4 types of mushrooms; are they edible? good pics attached

 
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Need your help identifying 4 types of mushrooms; are they edible? good pics attached
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I don't want to give a 100% positive ID, you need to research enough and be knowledgable enough if you want to eat a wild mushroom, but "Mushrooms-Picked_1.jpg" should be compared to crown tipped coral, https://www.mushroomexpert.com/artomyces_pyxidatus.html. I would also consult a good field guide, as there are many corals and not all are edible. If it is crown tipped, it is edible with a peppery taste. Better picked when full white and and (edit) without browning on the tips.
 
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If you are trying to collect as much identifying info as possible it could be helpful to take a spore print and to figure out which kind of tree the mushrooms are on/near since some mushrooms strongly prefer certain trees.
 
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the first one in your list is a standard edible coral mushroom... great dried and put on Pizza or omlets...
 
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The third looks like a possible shaggy mane. Here's a couple of keys.

http://www.mycokey.com/newMycoKeySite/MycoKeyIdentQuick.html

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/major_groups.html
 
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I'm just going to recommend you find a local expert since when it comes to mushrooms, you usually only get one chance to get it right, getting it wrong can end your life.

Spore prints, tissue examination under a microscope are the methods used by mycologist to start the identification process, sometimes it goes as far as DNA testing.
Having a small library of field books or a serious mycology text with photo plates is always a good idea for mushroom hunters. There are many mushrooms out there that look in photos like edibles, but they are not, never go on a photo alone.
Sometimes the identifiers include tactile feel, you can't feel a photo and colors aren't always true in photos.

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I'm just going to recommend you find a local expert since when it comes to mushrooms, you usually only get one chance to get it right, getting it wrong can end your life.



Yes! Excellent advice....and even then check and double check and don't assume an ID on an immature mushroom.  Years ago my husband found out six hours later that the nibble he took from what he thought was a shaggy mane was actually an immature parasol mushroom.  He puked and puked and had dry heaves for hours...back then we had no phone, no vehicle, miles from neighbors...not a fun night for either of us

We still hunt mushrooms though and there are several that we feel confident to ID.  We learned through local folks and used books as back up.
 
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First fungus is almost definitely Hericium coralloides, which is a choice edible. Second one might be a honey mushroom? I know there are some that do not have an annulus (ring around the stipe). Third mushroom is likely Pholiota squarrosa or Pholiota squarrisoides. Microscopy might be necessary to discern them (though I doubt you still have these particular mushrooms haha). Not sure on the last one but I certainly recognize it...will have to get back on that one.
 
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Interesting. The second one looks morphologically like a chanterelle, but those have a pronounced smell and usually tend towards the orange side, usually strongly so.

It would be good to know what trees they favoured in their symbiosis.

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I have a very limited number of mushrooms I pick, number 3 is NOT a shaggy mane.

At least not like any I've picked in BC, Alberta or Yukon
 
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