Garden fungi

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  1. Tammy

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    Would appreciate an id for these mushrooms. Seems like my dad is growing all sorts of fungi lately. It's still in the garden, I want to see how it's going to turn out. I believe it's some kind of inkcap? (I'm from South Africa) I don't know if I should add anything else?

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    It looks like a Coprinopsis species to me
     
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    Thank you Fry. I thought it must be something like that but I'm no mushroom expert, so I wanted to make sure. We don't see mushrooms around here, so it's really strange (awesome actually) finding other fungi except those we cultivate, in the garden.

    I took a picture of another strange mushroom, or rather, strange oyster. May I upload it here? It's from a spent multispore bag.
     
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    Yeah go ahead and post it. Can't waiut to see
     
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    Thank you Fry! :)

    This was how it looked on Saturday
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    And this was yesterday
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    The photos aren't that clear, sorry for that.
    It's about the size of a tennis ball, maybe a bit bigger. Today the caps started to curl up.
     
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    Can you get a more shots of the gills and stems?
     
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    I will go and take some pictures first thing tomorrow morning, it's pitch dark outside where they are.
     
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    Now that I've picked them, I can see that they must be oysters...they also smell like oysters. Maybe just really bad genetics? The caps are paper thin!

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    Yeah they're oysters. Could just be a weak flush if you already got a few from that bag
     
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    Yup, must be a weak flush or something. It was a multispore growth, I got what I wanted and took the bag outside.

    This is how the ink caps look today, they are beautiful! It's the first time I've seen something like this.

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    Thank you for the help Fry.
     
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    I LOVE ink caps! They are beautiful. Check these out, I find them whee I usually go hiking. Shaggy ink cap:
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    Wow, they are beautiful!
    This was the first time I've ever seen inkcaps with my own eyes, I just love them!
     
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    Any idea what these are? Sorry that the photo is not very clear, I will take better photos tomorrow. I think the white on the caps might be because of hard water and/or sun damage, they were directly under plastic in the sun.

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    more pictures and info please. would like to see gills and stem. you could even take a spore print.

    have you dumped anything in that spot? like old blocks or something?
     
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    That's a raised garden bed they are growing in. My dad buried some of the spent oyster blocks/logs in it, but it's basically compost rich garden soil.
    You can see there is a lot of algae...we always have a problem with it, especially in the swimmingpool, horrible stuff!

    I will photograph the gills tomorrow and then take a spore print...they are so tiny!
    I took a photo from how they looked this morning and afternoon.

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    I've taken so many spore prints, but for some reason I cannot get a print of this one.
    The first one I tried on white paper because I was sure the spores would be brown or dark...there were no spores whatsoever and the cap got so dry because of this heat.
    I tried again but his time on perspex...still no visible spores, I'm going to leave it till tomorrow, maybe I'm lucky.

    All I have now is a couple more photos...

    It was not easy to pull up the first mushroom, it was soggy and stringy...very weird feeling...
    You can see in this photo what I mean by that.
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    The cap of that one
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    I did a better job pulling up the next one
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    My husband asked me why am I photographing a cigarette bud, lol, that's about the size of it...
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    So ya, it would be interesting to know what this is, if possible...it's so strange seeing all these mushrooms lately, but I love it!
     
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    Hmm that is an interesting one. Ill do some digging when i get home.

    For the spore print, it may help to put a drop or two of water on the cap to keep it moist and/or setting a glass on top of it. Sometimes it can take a while to get a print. Sometimes a day or more. I like to do prints on aluminum foil because it will show most colours. But white paper works if youre certain the print isnt white.
     
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    Thank you Fry, I appreciate it! I'm still struggling to get a print but I will try again.
    I usually do my prints on foil but because I wasn't going to use this one I thought paper was a good idea, it was a bad idea, lol!