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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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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 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 in the vicinity of conifers.

Cap grayish 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 grayish, becoming pinkish, narrowly attached to the stem, or nearly free from it; close or nearly distant.Spores are pink colored. 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. Ring abcent. Flesh same color as surface, pithy or narrowly hollow.

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 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 Cantharellus cibarius, 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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Hypholoma marginatum   (Snakeskin Brownie)
Family
Strophariaceae
Location
Europe and North America
Dimensions
Cap 1.5-4 cm diameter; stem 3-7 cm tall x 0.2-0.5 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Hypholoma marginatum, also known as Snakeskin Brownie, is a smallish agaric with tan cap, stem with silvery mottled appearance and yellow or olive-brown gills and no ring zone. It grows in small trooping groups on needles or rotting wood with coniferous trees.

Cap convex, flattening out at maturity but retaining a shallow umbo; inrolled margin of young caps is covered with silky remnants of the partial veil; colour rather variable but most often brick red in the centre and paler towards the margin. Gills at first pallid yellow, then olivaceous-brown, adnate or emarginate, crowded. Spores chocolate-brown. Stem fibrous; light ochre at apex, darkening progressively to a reddish-brown base; a faint ring zone is usually discernable.

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Lactarius camphoratus   (Curry Milkcap)
Family
Russulaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 2.5-5 cm diameter, stem 3-5 cm tall * 0.4-0.7 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Lactarius camphoratus, also known as Curry Milkcap, is a smallish agaric with dark red-brown cap, pale gills and exudes white milk which savor of curry. It grows with conifers and deciduous trees, favoring acidic, well drained soil.

Cap dark red-brown with central depression or umbo and a furrowed margin. Gills decurrent, medium-spaced and quite thick. Spores are white to cream colored. Stem is pallid and similarly colored as the cap, more or less equal, and finely downy and becoming hollow. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species Lactarius rufus and Lactarius helvus have a similar smell.

Lactarius camphoratus on the First Nature Web site.
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Lactarius lignyotus   (Rufous Milkcap)
Family
Russulaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 2-10 cm diameter, stem 4-12 cm tall * 0.8 - 1.5 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Lactarius lignyotus, also known as Rufous Milkcap, is a dark brown, velvety Lactarius that grows under conifers and features fairly well-spaced gills, a long stem that is nearly as dark as the cap. It exudes white milk that usually stains the flesh and the gills pinkish.

Cap mid-to dark brown with a velvety surface. As young with an inrolled margin, becoming flat or shallowly depressed, often with a central depression. Gills very slightly decurrent, close or nearly distant; white or whitish, remaining pale until old age, when pinkish to orangish hues often result from drying milk and spore maturation. Stem pale brown to almost white with white base. More or less equal. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species Lactarius fuliginosus has a light brown stem, and the hat color is dark brown.

Lactarius lignyotus on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
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Lactarius tabidus   (Birch Milkcap)
Family
Russulaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 2-4 cm diameter, stem 3-5 cm tall * 0.4-1 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Lactarius tabidus, also known as Birch Milkcap, is a small agaric with orange-brown cap, cinnamon gills that exudes white milk. It grows solitary or in scattered groups on soil under broad-leaf trees, favouring birch.

Cap convex, sometimes with a central umbo, that flattens with age. It varies between orange-brown and a dull chestnut in colour, and the surface is dry and matt. The margin is often has tiny lobes, and can be crimped or crisped. Gills at first ochraceous-buff, becoming cinnamon, adnate or slightly decurrent, narrow and fairly crowded. Spores are cream coloured. Stem colour varies between a reddish-brown and brick coloured, is more or less equal or tapering slightly upwards. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species other small Lactarius species.

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