Key take aways from California Mushrooms, the comprehensive identification guide

California Mushrooms

High level overview

The key features to use for mushroom identification

The steps prior to consuming

  • See mushroom
  • Collect entire mushroom
    • cap
    • stipe
    • sections of the substrate / what it grows on
  • note terrain its growing at
  • make spore print overnight
  • consult guidebook
  • search for competing lookalikes that might be poisonous
  • decide to eat it
  • post eating – check for symptom of poisoning
    • first symptoms can occur as early as 20mins into consumption
    • if first symptom occurs only after 6 hours of consumption visit emergency room – you might have consumed an Amanitin¬†containing variant and are about to¬† DIE!!
      • Galerina marginata
      • Amanita phalloides, the Death Cap
      • Amanita ocreata, the Destroying Angel

These ones will kill you for sure

 

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