These were all photographed right outside my back door on our woodsy property. Every year I look forward to seeing them come up in usual places or in new ones, which they do. They are very much like an edible species, so I have studied them intently to discover which one this is. This species is supposed to be edible accoring to some articles, but if can easily be confused with an Aminita that is poisonous. I do not advise anyone to eat any wild mushrooms if they are not experts or have experts advising them.
Amanita lanei (Amanita calyptrata and Amanita calyptroderma), also known as coccora or coccoli, is a white-spored mushroom that fruits naturally in the coastal forests of the western United States during the fall and winter. A spring form occurs which has a light yellow cap.
This mushroom forms mycorrhizae with Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) in the southern part of its range (Central California northwards to Washington). However, in the northern part of its range (Washington to southern Canada), its preferred host is Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii).
Mushroom Slideshow #1 various varieties
Mushroom Slideshow #2 various varieties
The Inky Cap Mushroom Slideshow
March 20, 2016
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