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Bay Area, California mushrooms - December, 2008
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Bay Area, California mushrooms - December, 2008 1 year, 11 months ago #1133

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All the mushrooms in this thread were found in the bay area, california in December, 2008.

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, 12/27/08

Tubaria furfuracea:

Amanita magniverrucata:

This species is supposed to only grow under pine and it was found under Oak, maybe it is something else.

The stem bases on these Mycena were slightly blue

Peziza praetervisa

Its much more purple in real life than this photo shows


Agaricus albolutescens

We fried these up, they were good!

Omphalotus olivascens

Lactarius rubrilacteus

Marasmius plicatulus:

Pluteus salicinus, Huddart Park, Woodside, CA:

I found this mushroom while digging for another, much larger mushroom. It seemed like it just dropped out of the sky but it was probably growing on a twig on the ground.

Omphalotus olivascens:

Lactarius rubidus (a candy cap), Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz, CA:

Psilocybe cyanofriscosa, 01/01/09, Mountain View, CA:

Leratiomyces ceres:

Caulorhiza umbonata (redwood rooter)

Boletus eastwoodiae (tempus950 collection, huddart park, woodside, ca):

Bolbitius vittelinus

Hemimycena sp.

A very small saprophytic mushroom that I found inside the the bushes in the parking lot at the ********* library. The maximum cap diameter was about four millimeters.

Gymnopilus luteofolius

These are the first active mushrooms I found. After five years from searching I located them ten feet from my front door in the spring of 2006. The wet winter was not kind to the plant, it was huge and after it died way back the Gymnopilus appeared to eat the roots. The first fruit was obviously staining blue but was only 1.5 cm tall. Took 6 months to ID because I had to wait for it to fruit again. Even though I had written the wikipedia article on this species, I didn't know what it was and captain garden ID'd it. They continue to fruit about three times a year. When it fruits I put sawdust under the caps which turns orange with spores, then I bury the dust in the dirt. Every time the fruits are larger.

A couple days later:

A couple days later

The next day

After a few more days

I call this Conocybe filaris but some people call it Pholiotina rugosa. Those people are either extremely smart or crazy.

Apparently its not a good idea to eat every mushroom that shows up in your plants.

December 28, 2008. Psilocybe cyanofriscosa in Mountain View, CA:

Hydnellum sp.

sk00byd0 and I found these Tricholoma magnivelare today at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Santa Cruz, CA. They smell really strongly of cinnamon. I have never found them before but I have smelled them at fungus fairs and have always been really suspicious of them.

I made two soups from them and they are really good!

They taste slightly mushroomy, and strongly of cinnamon and pine.

This is the Japanese style soup:

It is extremely easy to make and tasted amazingly good.


Water (two cups per serving)
Matsutake (1/4th of a fresh mushroom for each serving)
Cilantro (a small handful for each serving)

Bring the water to a boil, salt until you can start to taste it, then added thinly sliced matsutake and boil them at a rolling boil for 2 minutes. Then take it off the heat and added chopped fresh cilantro and serve it immediately.

Its one of those clear Japanese soups, tasted strongly of cinnamon, somewhat of pine, and actually really good.

I also made a matsutake soup that has a whole bunch of cream and chicken broth other stuff in it, its pretty good but the simple one is ten times faster and tastes even better.

Conocybe filaris, deadly


Ramaria botrytis

Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa

Mycena oregonensis

Coprinopsis ephemeroides

Gymnopilus spectabilis

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