Information used from "National Audubon Society" Field Guide to Mushrooms, and life experiences.
Ringless Honey MushroomRingless Honey Mushroom (Armillariella tabescens)
Yellow-brown, dry, scaly cap with white to discolored gills and stalk. clustered on wood or over buried wood.
Edibility: Good, with caution
Gymnopilus spectabilis - bitter taste
Range: NE. North America to Florida, est to Kansas and Texas. Popular in the Appalacian Mountains.
Like to grow on Oak.
Oyster MushroomOyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)
Broad, fleshy, white, gray or brown cap with broad, whitish or yellow-tinged gills arising from attachment to wood or small hairy, stublike stalk; on wood.
Season- year-round, we pick in late Fall to early winter in eastern Virginia. At favorable conditions.
Range: Throughout North America
Lentinus and Lentinellus
Old Man of the WoodsOld Man of the Woods (Strobilomyces floccopus)
Coarsly scaly, grayish-balck cap qith white to dark gray tubes and woolly-scaly blackish stalk.
Range: Nova Scotia to Florid, west to Michigan and Texas.
Look-alikes: S. confusus
This bolete is less appetizing when it becomes old.
Common in the east
Red-capped Scaber Stalk
Orange-red cap with off-white pores and rough stalk with short, rigid projections.
Season: Mid-July through September
Range: Throughout N. North America, common in Colorado
Look-alikes: L. insigne
This mushroom is one of the best I have ever tasted!- When throughly cooked, then add heavy cream or such.
The King Bolete
and personal reference- the mushroom expert- Tomasz Plawski- my dad.
The King Bolete (Boletus edulis)
The king of all of the mushrooms, and definatly the most tasty. He rules the world of fungi! With a giant stalk and tower appearence he is the ruler of the forest floor.
The pore surface of this mushroom is whiteish at first, then it becomes yellow-olive, the tubes are the same. The pores are tightly packed at first; not bruising or, when aged; a bruising olive.
Season: Late June- Early August
Range: Colorado and Northern New Mexico