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 M
ushrooms of North America
(Copyrightę1998-2003 Edward J. Polasek)

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Key #1

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Basidiomycetes Fruiting Body

Cap with gills, blunt ridges, pores or teeth, coral-like ................................


Yes

Body shape like a puffball, bird's nest, stinkhorn, cup-shaped, pine-cone-like,
jelly

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with gills

Yes

with teeth

Yes

with ridges

Yes

with pores

Yes

coral-like

Yes

 

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Agarics
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Key 2

 

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Hydnums
go to
Key 3

 

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Chantarelles
go to
Key 4

 

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Are they fleshy, usually found on the ground?

Yes

Are they leathery and found on wood?

Yes

 

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Boletes
go to
Key 5

 

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Polypores
go to
Key 6

 

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Corals
go to
Key 10

 

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Which body shape does the fungi resemble?
Bird's Nest

Yes

Earth Stars

Yes

Puffballs

Yes

Stinkhorns

Yes

Jelly-like

Yes

Pine Cone ...........

Yes

Morels .............

Yes

False Morels ...........

Yes

Cup Fungi ...........

Yes 

Earth Tongues

Yes

 

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Gastromycetes
go to
Key 7

 

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Heterobasidiomycetes
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Key 8

 

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Ascomycetes
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Key 9

 

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