Poisonous Fungi

8fp

False Morel; Brain Mushroom (Gyromitra esculenta)

poisonous if not cooked and/or dried thoroughly--best left alone!

9fp

False Morel; Brain Mushroom (Gyromitra esculenta)

poisonous if not cooked and/or dried thoroughly--best left alone!

10fp

False Morel; Brain Mushroom (Gyromitra esculenta)

poisonous if not cooked and/or dried thoroughly--best left alone!

11fp

Scaly Chanterelle, Woolly Chanterelle (Gomphus floccosus)

Hello Richard: Your site is very nice, and I bookmarked it for future reference.

I am very active in our local mushroom club here in eastern Washington, the Spokane Mushroom Club ( http://www.spokanemushroomclub.org/ ) You listed the "wooly chanterelle", gomphus floccosus, as edible (perhaps with caution). New information that has been provided to us by mycologists indicates that while this particular species has been eaten in the past, it should now be listed as poisonous. Toxicologists, including Professor Michael Beug, who spoke at our annual conference this year, have discovered that it contains toxins that actively attack the liver. Prof Beug currently chairs the NAMA (North American Mycological Ass.) toxicology committee, so I have to trust what he tells me. I just thought I should share this information with you so you can pass it along to your readers.

Greg Cozza Vice President elect 2005 Spokane Mushroom Club

17fed

Scaly or Whooly Chanterelle (Gomphus floccosus or Cantharellus floccosus)

Same as above

18fed

Scaly or Whooly Chanterelle (Gomphus floccosus or Cantharellus floccosus)

Same as above

12fp

Big Laughing Gym, Big Laughing Mushroom, Giant Gymnopilus (Gymnopilus spectabilis)

Arora says that it is inedible due to the bitter taste and does not class it as a poisonous one although other books do due to its hallucinogenic properties (contains psilocybin and/or psilocin compounds). It is completely orange-yellow with a cortina or veil remnant and has an odor of anise. It grows on and is attached to wood.

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