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Variety is the spice of mushrooms

A mushroom

There were a couple of interesting mushrooms yesterday on the path to the canoe launch on the Neponset River at Paul's Bridge on the Milton/Hyde Park line, one looking like it was trying to detect alien radio signals, the other like it had been designed as a piece of folk-art tableware.

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Amateur mycophile here - (emphasis on the amateur):

I believe the top photo is Russula emetica. Username checks out on this one, as it will likely make you puke.

The second one looks like it could be Boletus subtomentosus - which would make it edible if so. It's like when you eat the plate in certain cuisines....you can have your bolete on your fancy artisanal bolete plate.

I'd be curious if I were right, I have no doubt there are more experienced fungi-fans than I am. Either way, groovy shrooms man!

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Yeah, the top shroom is very likely some variety of Russula (aka a Brittlegill), but without handling the fruiting body and maybe even looking at the spore print under a scope, it's really hard to make a definitive ID. Fwiw, Russula rosacea is an extremely common Russula around here.

The second shroom could be a Boletus, but it could be a lot of other less hospitable types. In any case, it's too far gone by to make a reliable ID from image alone (wouldn't be very tasty anyway). Always worth mentioning that you should never, NEVER assume that a wild mushroom is an edible variety just from looking at its fruiting body in place.

Lots of beautiful mushrooms out right now - wet summer means the next couple months will likely be a real feast-for-the-eyes for new england mycophiles.

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when I eat mushrooms.

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