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dan long
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Myco Key has failed me... Perhaps because i'm in Taiwan and not the PNW?

Discovered in field, in soil

Cap semi globose, 50cm, raidally firbrose?, white, bruising brown, dry

Stipe 10cm wide, 60cm tall, same color and bruising as cap, no ring, evidence of partial veil

Gills pink/brown?, free, crowded, brown spore (identical to gills)

mushroom scented

I'm not too sure about whether or not it qualifies as fibrous but I can sorta make out a radial texture.

The gills seemed pink when I first picked it but brown after the spore print. Not sure if it is my perception or if the gills changed colors. The spores are the same light brown as the gills are after making the spore print.

Any advice?
 
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It's hard to tell without a photo, but at a guess, based on what you described -- especially the gill/spore color, partial veil and mushroom smell -- I would look at Agaricus spp. Good luck!
 
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Yeah sorry, Deb has as good a guess as I do. How's the texture and consistency? Portabella ish?
 
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Aiyo! Didn't realize that i hadn't uploaded pictures!

You guys are good! My local field guide came in yesterday and convinced me that it is a field mushroom (agarics campestris). So you were right about it being an agaricus and right on about asking if the texture was "portable-ish". agarics campestris, according to Wikipedia, is closely related to cultivated portabella. What really made me beyond the shadow of a doubt sure is that the book said the gills start out pink then get darker until at maturity they are brown like the spores. Wow. Like the mushroom i picked was following instructions. It did just that! (although it got brown after picking rather than maturity, but that explains why it was so hard for me to decide what color the gills were).

Thanks for taking a shot in the dark like that. Impressive too! You nailed it without even looking at the pictures!
 
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dan long wrote:Thanks for taking a shot in the dark like that. Impressive too! You nailed it without even looking at the pictures!


Comes from taking something like a billion spore prints of all the mushrooms I keep finding in the woods around here and having most of them come up Agaricus. We mostly have A. silvicola, with some A. capestris, etc. but they look so much like the deadly Amanita in the young stages, that I have spent a lot of years looking them over VERY carefully. (I'm not fond of being poisoned, so I take those things really seriously. ) I recognized the description.
 
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