What is the latin/proper name of this mushroom???

decogrlOctober 6, 2009

These are growing in mountains of Pennsylvania. There they are called stumpies. The black stuff in the picture is a rock..these grow in coal country and almost everyone has once of these rocks attached. I have eaten these all of my life and want to know what is the scientific name for them.

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I'm thinking it's Armillaria mellea, what we call the Honey Mushroom here in the Puget Sound region. Very tasty! The species is quite variable in appearance, but a couple of things I always look for are: 1) Pull, cut or otherwise split the stem end-to-end. Inside it looks soft & cottony. 2) Tiny darkish bumps or scales on the cap, darker towards the center. 3) Almost always found in groups of some kind often in cespitose clumps
(See: http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/jblincow/Images/armillaria_mellea.jpg)

The link below is to a bazillion more pics of A.mellea.

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    Bookmark   October 7, 2009 at 5:21AM
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Are you in Schuylkill County by chance? I've eaten "stumpies" in Frackville, PA a few time!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2009 at 11:36AM
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I found these in Irish Valley Northumberland County. We get special permission to go on this land.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2009 at 1:09PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Doubt they're Armillaria because those mushrooms grow from wood not black rocks.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2009 at 1:17AM
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