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Coming to Terms
You may hear mushroom hunters use different terminolgy
for identifying mushrooms, and you may not know the meanings.
Special thanks to Mike and others for their efforts in putting these together for us. Thanks guys.
Aborted: A mushroom deformed or mutated by
the growth of and or contact of a different mycelium.
Badgering: The digging or removal of leaves,
forest debris to find small underdeveloped mushrooms, not recommended
as this destroy mycelium growth, or the tearing of mushroom from the
ground, not cutting or pinching them off.
Cap: The fleshy head of the mushroom, the top
of the mushroom. Much needed in the first identification by sight.
Death cap: No need to explain, name says it
all, the Amanita family's deadliest member.
Earthstar: An odd looking mushroom, when opened
or "fruited", appears to be a star patterned with a centralized
ball in the middle usually.
Fairy ring: A growth of mushrooms that forms
a concentric circle, or an arc, that can be of very short distance to
many yards apart.
Galerina autumnalis: A different way to spell
death in Latin. A deadly poisonous, semi small brown mushroom, that grows
on rotted wood. Can be mistaken for the Honey or Stumper mushroom.
Half free: An edible morel, (morchella semilibra),
but can be confused with the poisonous Verpa, a close look-a-like.
Inky caps: A mushroom best described as the
shaggy mane or alcohol inky (Coprinus comatus and Coprinus atramentatius).
The shaggy is considered a safe edible mushroom, as it's identifying characteristics
are almost unique.
Jack-o'-lantern (Omphalotus olearius):
A very poisonous mushroom that grows on wood. It is sometimes confused
with the chanterelle.
Kinfinanuthin: What you say when you leave
the forest empty handed.
Larvae growth: When you are too late, and the
mushroom is infected with the little white maggots.
Margin: The edge of the cap or outer portion
Naked: Devoid of any type of covering. Pertaining
to the cap or stalk.
Offset cap: Where the stem does not grow in
the center of the cap. Off centered.
Parasitic morps: The offspring of one mushroom's
growth attacking another growth of mushroom.
Quick walk in the woods, honey: A little white lie told to spouses by an avid mushroom hunter.
Ragtop: Term used to describe the appearance
of the cap, scales, remnant veil hanging from the edge of the cap, or
some rough looking appearance.
Scabers: Small brown hairs on the a top of
Terrestrial: Growing on the ground.
Umbilecate: Refers to a cap that is shaped
like a navel.
Veins: Ridges between the gills.
Warts: Bumps on the top or caps of mushrooms.
Xcuse: What you'll have to give to explain
for being 3 hours late, from a "Quick walk in the woods Hon".
(See the letter Q.)
Zonate: Where the cap of a mushroom has concentric bands or zones of color circles.
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