Growing in my driveway.

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  1. isme

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    This was growing among the rocks interspersed with wood chips and mulch in my driveway. (Arkansas)
    It has a white spore print and it looks like it may be a shiitake. IDK...??
    Looks like the ones I bought in the store last month.. kind of soft flesh...thus I'm thinking they may have been escapees...
    Very pretty. Anyone know what this may be? Let me know if I can provide more info.
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    Are the gills attached to the stem in anyway or comepletely free? Can you dig one up completely to check for a volva?
     
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    Thanks Fry!
    Here are some images.
    The base of the stem has a volva. (the last image is a different sample)
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    A bisection of the mushroom shows no connection between gills and stem.(or is that annexed?)
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    It is an Amanita species. Im not sure which one. There are a few white species like this that are deadly poisonous though. Best to be careful with those and not take any chances
     
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    Neet! I am a big fan of the Amanitas...though I don't think eating them is a great idea. I just think they are all quite lovely. More already popped up. I'm watering them.
    Thanks for l.D.-ing them...I will try to follow up later with more specific ID if I get one.
     
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    And wash my hands...:braindamaged:
     
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    Amanitas have never been my forte. See if you can see any rings around the stem beneath the volva and how many and let me know what kind of trees theyre growing around and ill do my best
     
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    Pine(I think yellow pine), various oaks and hickory. If there is a ring on this volva, I can't find it. :(
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    Even though I watered these with rain water, they are shriveling up and disappearing. That was the last one. Prolly too hot.
     
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    Oops... I get the question now... the ring under the volva.. none.
    On the stem there is a residual ring that is now just scales.
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    There is a key on that same page that could help. Try going through that. You will be able to answer some of the questions better than i would since you have the specimens. If you need any help just post or pm me. Im at work and wont be able to any real digging til i get home in the AM
     
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    So far I'm not able to follow the keys through to any viable candidate...Could be that it doesn't have this fungus in that key system.
     
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    I've gone through several of the keys starting at basidiomycetes... nothing yet.
     
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    Here is this...
    http://www.amanitaceae.org/?Amanita+pseudovolvata
    (Thanks to Jay Justice, President of Arkansas Mycological Society)
    He agrees with your(Fry's) assessment that this is an Amanita.
    However... there is no bruising of the tissues when torn, scratched, squashed or broken.
     
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    Id say its a good possibility. Bruising does not always occur. Do you have a stage micrometer? How do the spores match up?
     
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    Nope... I've expended my microscope resources...I will eventually need to get one though.
    ...however, I may be able to get a bisection of the lamellae to look at the basidia. Maybe. I tried before and failed. I will try again.
     
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    So, one of two things has happened here...help me out.
    Either I have an image of the basidia..or an image of dried out mashed tissue and I should seriously consider sticking to programming.
    Do you think the tissue is getting too old? Should I try a little more with this sample?
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    Think you just got some mashed tissue there but dont give up! You can try using this species for more practice
     
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    Ok, give me a bit more time and I'll edit the above thread so I don't look as clumsy as I feel...:)
     
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    Ok! Some cute little troglodytes sticking their cute little crowned heads up. I decided to leave the above images so others can learn.
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    Then I disassembled to microscope lenses and cleaned them...overdue.
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    Success...Time for a party...
    I learned allot here, Thanks!