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andrew curr
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Location: Deepwater northern New South wales Australia
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my 3year old just found some little mushrooms growin outa some6 week old guts i"d thrown in a swale as eco tax
any idea what it could be
Devon Olsen
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Location: SE Wyoming -zone 4
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i dont know just off that but sounds pretty cool to me
if youre really interested in identification on any mushroom you almost always have to take pics of
the stem and cap
the environment it was growing in - you covered this lightly
the substrate it was growing on - another you kinda covered lightly
the gills
the color of the mycelium
and you'll have to take a spore print to tell the color of the spores
to do this you cut the cap off just at the stem when the mushroom is just getting mature, place it on a sheet of glass or a piece of printer paper(helps to make half of the space it covers a different color as sometimes you get white spore prints) and cover it with a bowl or jar and then let it sit for 24 hours or so, then remove both and it will reveal a beautiful print that is a mirror of the gill shape
also helps to know what color it bruises when you touch it... if at all
and whether or not it has a collar around the stem

you dont absolutely need every one of these things to identify a mushroom, but, especially when identifying over the internet via pictures, all of these things will greatly expedite the process, there are simply too many LBM's (little brown mushrooms) in the world for most to pick it up off a small description

whether you know what it is or not the chances are heavily in its favor that it is doing more harm than good, just dont eat it if you dont know what it is, and instruct children to avoid mushrooms that you havent identified and picked for them(obviously at a certain age it would be nice to teach them to indentify themselves etc but thats at your discretion as the parent)
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