Blewits (Clitocybe) in North Carolina?
larryc at teleport.com
Fri Nov 10 02:43:06 EST 1995
In article <47nvk1$d9u at crl7.crl.com>, kasplash at crl.com (Bob Galvan) wrote:
> >Bill Chestnut <unicorn1 at nando.net> wrote:
> >> Is this the Blewit, Clitocybe nuda, or one of it's relatives (edible,
> >> hopefully)? Anyone in the NC(Raleigh) area having positively ID'd this
> >> beast? I've got several pounds of them growing in my flowerbeds!!
> I disagree heartily! My impression from the written discription, now
> vanished in the bit-bucket, was that it "sounds like a Cortinarious to me".
Cortinarii are mycorrhizal with trees.
Cortinarii have a rusty brown spore print.
Cortinarii have a veil. (cortina)
Cortinarii have a solitary to scattered fruiting habit.
Nope, we can rule that one out.
> I recommend you find someone who can ID it for sure, in person, before you
> eat it. Long distance mushroom ID is good for suggestions, but it has
> severe limitations.
I recommend you don't eat anything you can't identify yourself. In this
case, Bill had already done 99% of the ID. The chief danger is that
he had confused these specimens with a related clitocybe or possibly an
entoloma if he got the spore print wrong.
"Finding someone who can ID it for sure" is of variable reliablity,
and can lead to a false sense of confidence.
In any case, wild mushrooms are never safe to eat unless tested. On a
duck hunting trip I once encountered a large fruiting of suillus luteus
and cooked up a real gourmet camp meal of mushroom stuffed mallard.
Four of us enjoyed the meal, while the fifth member of the party became
violently ill and vomited for hours.
I no longer feed wild mushrooms to untested people. I had never heard of
an emetic reaction to slippery jacks, but in this case I was obviously
-- Larry Caldwell larryc at teleport.com
Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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