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

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Key 7
Key 8
Key 9
Key 10

 

Key 2

Agarics

 

Click on the closest spore print color
White
to
Pale
Salmon
to
Pink
Purple-brown
to
Chocolate
Gray
Bright Yellow-brown
to
Clay-Brown
Rusty-brown
to
Cinnamon-brown
Green Black
to
Smoky-gray

 

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Spore Print: White to Pale
Are the gills free?

Yes

Are the gills attached?

Yes

 

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Gills Free

Volva present or pieces of volva around base, or warts on cap?

Yes

No volva with small scales on cap and ring is often free?

Yes

 

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Amanitas
go to
Key 2.1

 

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Lepiotas
go to
Key 2.2

 

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Gills Attached

Are the gills thick and fleshy, waxy, often brightly colored and found on the ground? ............

Yes

Is it found on the ground with no ring, the flesh brittle, and latex is absent? ................

Yes

Is it found on the ground with no ring, the flesh brittle, and latex is present? ................

Yes

Is it found in many habitats with firm flesh which may be soft or tough and no latex?

Yes

 

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Hygrophorous
go to
Key 2.3

 

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Russula
go to
Key 2.4

 

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Lactarius
go to
Key 2.5

 

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Tricholoma
go to
Key 2.6

 

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Spore Print: Salmon to Pink

Are the gills free?

Yes

Are the gills attached?

Yes

 

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Is it found on wood (the volva may be present or absent)?

Yes

 

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Volvaria
go to
Key 2.7

 

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Is it found on the ground with no volva ?

Yes

 

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Rhodophylla
go to
Key 2.8

 

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Spore Print: Purple-brown to Chocolate

Is the spore print appear to be purple-brown?

Yes

Is the spore print more Chocolate-brown?

Yes

 

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Strophilaria
go to
Key 2.11

 

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Is it found in the grass with gray to pink gills when young?

Yes

 

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Agaricus
go to
Key 2.12

 

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Spore Print: Gray

Does it have decurrent gills and found on conifer wood?

Yes

 

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Paxilla
go to
Key 2.13

 

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Are the gills free and is it like a coprinus in stature?

Yes

 

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Bolbita
go to
Key 2.14

 

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Cortinarius
go to
Key 2.15

 

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You have a Chlorophyllum molybdites

Leptiotas
go to
Key 2.2

 

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Spore Print: Black to smoky-gray

Are the gills free?

Yes

Are the gills decurrent?

Yes

 

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 Does it often become inky and found on manure grass or dung?

Yes

 

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Coprinius
go to
Key 2.9

 

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 Are the gills think and fleshy and is it found on the ground under or near conifers?

Yes

 

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Gomphidia
go to
Key 2.10

 

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