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help with a handful of ID's from todays walk.

hello people, i went on a little foray today and decided to have a little look more local to me when i was back and i uncovered a few interesting things that i would like to share in the hopes of more information. I took the best pics possible but they are with my phone so i can only apologise if the quality is poor.


2: this looks like a hazel, but its not being eaten and most of the nuts are on the ground so i was a little wary of it.

3: very small little patch barely negligible

4: seen some like this before but nothing with the fibres that run all the way around the outside, these are attached to the top quite firmly so its not a webbing from underneath.

5: Sorry, shouldve taken more pictures of this one but for some reason only have the one. the scales were quite firm if that helps in any way. it was growing up against the base of a tree in a tight clump.

6: an ink cap for sure judging by the mess on my fingers but im not familiar with these yet, is it an obvious type?

7: this was from the guided walk, he called it "plums and custard" I just wanted a bit more information on edibility ect as he wasnt very clear.

8: These last ones are about 2 months old, growing attached to the bottom of a tree and then several other batches popping up along the root. I was assuming these were the same just an age difference


sorry to the mod if one of you has to shrink those for me as i dont know how to go about that.


shaggy cap probably young somethings ,might well be food .might not

the pink thing is either edible or deadly

one of the pale things may be edible most are probably not

time to get the books out

for a good id ,in situ photo/notes ,section and sporeprint are required along with a few good books

be careful

ps the insides of the bracket makes reasonable tinder with a bit of work

im an old and very unbold shroomer

Northern Boy

4 looks like a wooly milk cap to me, not edible but cool to look at.

8 looks like giant polypore, whose edibility is 'controversial'. We had some and it was lovely, but others will disagree. Has to be young.

The yellow one under #8 might be chicken of the woods?

i thought the ones at 8 wouuld be the same thing as they were on the same tree just in varying stages of age. like the brown was older.

there was nothing coming out of the broken edges of 4, i thought it had to leak a juice to be a milkcap?

No 4 is definitely a Lactarius species, I'm pretty sure I can see the milk on the gills.


ah ive only ever really been shown the saffron and the way we were shown was that it leaks when the mushroom is damaged. good spot btw

I find the best way is to run my knife across the gills, that normally gets the milk showing.

ill try that tomorrow if the other is still there seen as that 1 was right outside my door iirc thanks
Northern Boy

Despite everything that is written about Lactarius, in my experience the production of latex is highly variable between species, locations, conditions (weather) and even individual fruiting bodies.

Although, err, I have seen that written somewhere as well.

I've only found wooly milk caps in a couple of places and don't remember much latex, but I was rather distracted by having found 'a hairy mushroom'.
Northern Boy

Here's one, you can see a couple of latex drops. It does look a bit different to yours tho. Perhaps just a bit younger?


mine was nowhere near that hairy thats what put me off automatically agreeing when i did a quick google search.

5 is a shaggy pholiota and 8 are giant polypore. I love them and mum chops them up and puts them in lentil curry and they're amazing. I've also made pate with them before that went down very well at a wild food walk I cooked it for. It needs to be young though. If you're having trouble slicing through it, then it's too old. Sometimes only the edges are still soft enough to eat.
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