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Inedible Mushrooms

Here is a list of inedible mushrooms. The mushrooms are not necessary poisonous, but useless as food.

Take in consideration that mushrooms can look different depending on the location and climate. The photos on this page may not be representable for species in your area.

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Cortinarius mucosus   (Orange Webcap)
Family
Cortinariaceae
Location
Europe
Dimensions
Cap 6-10 cm diameter, stem 6-10 cm tall * 1-2.5 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Cortinarius mucosus, also know as Orange Webcap, is a medium to large agaric whit a hat that is yellowish brown and very slimy. It has cinnamon or rust colored gills, a stout white stem with ring zone and slightly swollen base. It grows typically with pine or birch and prefers acidic, sandy soils.

Cap coloured dark reddish to to orange brown, convex or wavy margined, smooth, very sticky. Gills gray to cinnamon brown, sinuate, adnate. Spores are rusty brown. Stem is white with rust sub-apical cortinal zone. It is smooth or faintly scaly below cap, more or less equal or slightly swollen at base, and very sticky. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species Cortinarius collinitus occurs with spruce. It has a blue -tinged slime on its stem. Other similar species grow under different host trees.

Cortinarius mucosus on the First Nature Web site.
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Cortinarius traganus   (Gassy webcap)
Family
Cortinariaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 5-8 cm diameter, stem 5-12 cm tall, 0.6-1.2 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Cortinarius traganus, also known as Gassy webcap, has a convex to an umbonate, fleshy, silvery violet cap. It is mycorrhizal, usually with deciduous trees, but also found with conifers, often on acidic soil.

Cap initially spherical to convex, with the margin rolled inward, later flattened, sometimes with a large, broad, central umbo. The margin often cracks star-like, particularly in dry weather. Color first pale azure violet to pale lilac colour, later fading to tan-brown or rusty brown. The surface is dry, silkily shiny or tomentose at the margin with membranaceous bronze fragments of the veil, it becomes later cracked into small scales. Gills sub-crowded, quite thick, broadly adnate, and often slightly emarginate. Colour slightly dirty violet when young, later brown. Stem tough and thick, bulbously at the base, and spongily stuffed inside. It is vivid violet for a long time in the upper part above the cortina, paler below, and covered with a tough, whitish, boot-like veil, which usually leaves upright zones on the stem. The cortina is violet. The flesh is saffron yellowish-brown to yellowish-brown from the beginning except at the tip of the stem where it is dirty violaceous. It has a strong, bitter taste, particularly when young.

Similar species Cortinarius malachius has a slightly scaly cap. Cortinarius camphoratus is similar in appearance and is also violet, but it has pale violet gills which soon turn rusty, and a longer stem with paling flesh at the base. It is associated with conifers, as are Cortinarius alboviolaceus.

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Cystoderma amianthinum   (Earthy Powdercap)
Family
Tricholomataceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 2-5 cm diameter, stem 3-5 cm tall * 0.4-0.8 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Cystoderma amianthinum, also known as Earthy Powdercap or Saffron parasol, is a small fragile agaric with light brown to a yellowish cap, white or cream gills and a coarsely granular stem with a ring. It grows summer to fall solitary or scattered in small tufted groups in damp mossy grassland, in coniferous forest clearings, or on wooded heaths.

Cap ochraceous or yellowish tan, convex to bell-shaped, and later flat with a slight depression around a low umbo (central boss). It is dry and powdery, often with a shaggy or fringed margin. Gills initially white, becoming creamy later. They are adnexed (narrowly attached to the stem), and initially quite crowded. Spore print is white. Stem cylindrical, and has a flaky-granular sheath beneath a fleeting, powdery ring. Flesh dirty yellow, firm and stuffed.

Cystoderma amianthinum on the First Nature Web site.
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Entoloma sericeum   (Silky Pinkgill)
Family
Entolomataceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 2-4 cm diameter, stem 2-7 cm tall * 0.15-0.5 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Entoloma sericeum, also known as Silky Pinkgill, is a small agaric that has a dark brownish-grey cap and stem, with pale gills. It grows solitary, or in small trooping groups typically in the open, in grassy areas or on open moorland.

Cap initially conical, developing an umbo as it becomes broadly convex; hygrophanous, darker brown when wet and much paler, often streaky buff when dry; surface smooth with silky radial fibrils. Flesh same colour as the cap or more pallid. Gills sinuate; pale grey at first, becoming pinkish grey and eventually brown. Spores are pink. Stem same colour as cap, more pallid at the apex and base, silky fibrillose, more or less equal, base slightly swollen. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species There are several Entoloma species that are similar in appearance, such as Entoloma cetratum, which is warmer honey brown and Entoloma conferendum which has star-shaped spores.

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Entoloma vernum   (Pinkgill mushroom)
Family
Entolomataceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 2-4 cm diameter, stem 2-7 cm tall * 0.2-0.6 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Entoloma vernum, also known as Pinkgill mushroom, is a small agaric that has a grey-brown cap and stem, with brown gills. It can be seen mainly in spring, but also during summer and autumn, and occur as solitary or in small trooping groups in grasslands, often near conifers.

Cap greyish tan or darker, conic to broadly conic, flattening out somewhat but retaining a sharp, central umbo; dry; silky to nearly bald; Flesh brown, thin and fragile. Gills tan-brown or greyish, becoming pinkish, narrowly attached to the stem, or nearly free from it; close or nearly distant.Spores are pink coloured. Stem equal, or slightly tapered toward the apex; finely fibrillose near the apex, but nearly bald elsewhere; brownish to tan or brown overall, but paler at the apex. Flesh same colour as surface, pithy or narrowly hollow. The mushroom has no ring.

Entoloma vernum on the First Nature Web site.
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Hortiboletus rubellus   (Ruby Bolete)
Family
Boletaceae
Location
Europe, Eastern United States
Dimensions
Cap 6 cm; stem 7,5 cm tall * 1-3 cm diameter
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Hortiboletus rubellus, also known as Xerocomellus rubellus or Ruby Bolete, is a relatively small bolete with scarlet to raspberry red cap, reddish stem and yellow pores, occurring largely with oak.

Cap scarlet to raspberry red when young, with a dry velvety texture. The extreme margin often has a pale yellow or white band around it, and it discolours darker, and dirtier with age. Pores small; pale yellow, and bruise slowly. Spores the spore print is olive. Stem slender and long. It is lemon yellow at the apex, but red elsewhere, and has a tendency to split or sheer vertically.

Similar species Hortiboletus Simonini.

Hortiboletus rubellus on the www.first-nature.com web site.
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Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca   (False Chanterelle)
Family
Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 2-8 cm diameter, stem 3-5 cm tall * 0.5-1 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca, also commonly knows as False Chanterelle, is a smallish orange-yellow agaric that has a shallowly funnel-shaped cap reminiscent of a chanterelle but with true gills. It grows typically among needle litter, rotten wood, or sawdust.

Cap golden-orange, initially convex but becoming funnel-shaped as the mushroom matures. The cap margin, which remains rolled in a little, becomes wavy or lobed in age. The cap surface is covered with a fine down. Gills decurrent, narrow and forked, which is a distinctive and distinguishing feature. They are generally a more intense shade of orange than the cap. Stem is similarly colored as the cap. It is stout, more or less equal, smooth, and typically curved. The gills may be slightly crimped along the stem. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species include Cantharellus cibarius, Omphalotus illudens and Omphalotus olearius.

Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca on the First Nature Web site.
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Hypholoma capnoides   (Conifer Tuft)
Family
Strophariaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 3-7 cm diameter, stem 5-8 cm tall, 0.5-1 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Hypholoma capnoides, also known as Conifer Tuft, is a small or medium-sized agaric that has a yellowish-orange cap and has veil remnants visible at the pale margin. It is greasy when wet.

Cap yellow to orange or brownish colour with pale yellow flesh. Gills initially pale orangish-yellow, pale grey when mature, later darker purple/brown. Spore print dark burgundy/brown. Stem yellowish, somewhat rust-brown below.

Similar species Hypholoma fasciculare and Hypholoma sublateritium, which are poisonous, also Hypholoma radicosum which is much rarer but is found in similar sites.

Hypholoma capnoides on the First Nature Web site.
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