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Muir woods fungi

 
Blaine Lindsey
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Would anyone knowthe names of any of these mushrooms/fungi I found today in Muir woods and if they are edible?
I saw so many examples of hugelculture and how fungi and mushroom of all sorts grow on rotting logs. fallen trees and limbs of giant trees are an important part of a forest environment just like the perrenials/weeds and other crops or leaves that die and create the soil that forms around them. rot, bacteria and symbiotic relationships with fungi/mycelium are so vital! these are only a few of the fungi saw!



 
Devon Olsen
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im far, far from being a professional so please do not take my word for it, but based on the one pic, and the fact that the bottoms are white, and not brown, those shelfs growing in the third pic might be turkey tails but i wouldnt bet on it simply because i dont know enough to make a solid id

other than that, the red one is a very beautiful mushroom thank you for sharing
 
Blaine Lindsey
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I was thinking turkey tail too! but I left them alone haha I never eat wild foods unless I know for sure! and of course! my roommate just gota nice Nikon camera so ill be posting more pics soon of my findings and creations!
 
S Bengi
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Dont eat any mushroom unless you have seen someone else eating them before and lived at least 24hrs later. Why risk it.
 
M.K. Dorje
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The red mushroom in the second photo is a Hygrocybe, probably in the Hygrocybe coccinea (righteous red waxy cap) group or the Hygrocybe punicea (scarlet waxy cap) group, which are both common in California under redwoods in the early winter. The mushrooms in the third photo could indeed be turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), but they could also be something similar. As S Bengi stated, donot eat any fungi unless you are 100% certain of the ID. But don't assume that if nobody dies 24 hours after consumption that the mushroom is safe to eat! For example, certain deadly species of Cortinarius mushrooms can take more than a week to kill a foolish consumer! I always recommend the books by David Arora: "Mushrooms Demystified" and "All that the Rain Promises and More" for people on the West Coast who want to learn more about mushrooms.
 
Blaine Lindsey
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Thank you for the identification! the red one was beautiful there were m any growing in clusters and yea, redwoods and early winter! & at least I know more of what Turkey Tail might look like and next time I can be more informed!
 
M.K. Dorje
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Muir Woods is certainly a beautiful place to go hiking this time of year.
 
Blaine Lindsey
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aye, it was! the rivers are full and flowing beautifully, wild carrot family plants, mustards, grasses etc are reseeded and sprouting young leaves and the old plants are dead and drying and i have that urge to go around collecting it all for compost or chop&drop it all haha! Mushrooms are everywhere, moss on everything, ferns are all growing, a few fiddle heads left. the coffee berries are gone and the strange orange berry trees are bare and the hazelnut trees have a few left on them. the best part is everyone there si so smiley and happy/healthy! everyone makes sure to say hello and have a good day etc! gotta watch out though, was there a few weeks ago with my dog and we came across a mountain lion just a few yards away from us crouching! Scary but profound experience and was thankful it was as afraid as i was im sure! do you live near or have been? Ive always wondered what that mysterious group of islands right off the coast of muir woods is!
 
M.K. Dorje
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I was just visiting friends who lived nearby many years ago and I can still remember just how nice that park is. I live in Oregon.
 
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