Where to start?

Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Re: Where to start?

Post by Chris Yeates » Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:47 pm

adampembs wrote:
jimmymac2 wrote:Thanks everyone for your discouragement! :lol: . . . . .
People have tried to help you by suggesting where to start with fungi and the tools you need, but if you want to bang your head against a wall, no-one can stop you. However, you might find help less forthcoming in the future if you ignore advice. . . . .
The cortina is often missing except in very young fruit bodies. You can try looking for stem cystidia . . . . .
I really would avoid sarcasm in the face of so much encouragement; just look at the detailed responses many people have given you over your time on UKFungi. Time is one of the greatest requirements in mycology and hours of their time has been spent trying to help you (in some cases that help has not even been acknowledged, but there you go).
Often with Inocybe examination of the extent of the stem cystidia is important - how far down the stem they extend. I can tell you now that your specimen has been drastically over-handled and that feature will be lost on the single specimen you have. How you collect and handle collections in the field and when you get them home is very important. There is, for example, no need to take a gill shot in the field, grasping the specimen at the base like that - in fact having looked again I'm not convinced the actual base is there - the stipe looks snapped off. I can also tell you that handling the specimen like that will make any safe decision as to whether there was a bulbous base or not, whether the bulb (if present) was emarginate or not well nigh impossible . . . .
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Re: Where to start?

Post by adampembs » Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:38 pm

OK, I think it's time to close this topic. Jimmy hasn't replied and I don't want him to lose interest in the hobby.

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