Wayne and I went for a quad ride last week. We were searching for a steam donkey, but ended up missing the right (or left) turn. But any ride around Powell Lake is a good one. There's always something new to discover.
This trip it was a new kind of mushroom. It's only sprinkled lately, but it must have been enough to encourage the growth of a small patch of Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus) mushrooms.
Here's the description from the book.
Cap: white and gray covered with fluffy scales, standing erect like a closed umbrella on its handle, spreading with age, four to twelve inches in height; flesh white at first, then darkening.
Gills: white shading to pink, in flat folds against the stem, turning black with spores and melting into a black fluid.
Stem: white, hollow with small movable ring, slightly thicker at the base, four to ten inches in length.
When and where found: Spring or fall after rain; in the open, on the ground, in gravel by roadsides, near garbage dumps, or in decaying sawdust near old logging roads.
Remarks: A well-known, edible mushroom of good flavor and consistency if gathered when young. Easily distinguished from the similar inky cap by its height and fluffy scales.
Since I'm not absolutely positive in my identification, please do not use this post to determine whether or not this is an edible species. -- Margy