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Strobilomyces strobilaceus 

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I wrestled with the option of whether or not to try to identify and place names to my fungus images.  The study of fungi is done by specialists known as a "mycologists" who have many years of education and specialize in identification.  There are many techniques used to identify a mushroom and it simply cannot be done by visual inspection alone.  Incorrectly identifying a mushroom can have deadly consequences if eaten.

While I have tried to link images with fungus names, I am but a lay person and have used books and images to try to look up, categorize and name the species.  My identification should in no way be relied upon and may be completely inaccurate!

There are many toxic mushroom "look-alikes"  that resemble edible ones.  You should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES  rely up on any of these images to identify edible, toxic or medicinal organisms/plants.  Some mushrooms and fungi are DEADLY  poisonous and their effects do not show up until it is too late to save yourself.  YOU alone are responsible for properly identifying any mushrooms that you may be interested in.  I have attached names to images which I merely THINK resemble the species.

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Strobilomyces strobilaceus
(Old Man of the Woods)

Strobilomyces strobilaceus (also S. floccopus) is also known as the "Old Man of the Woods".  Caps are typically 5-15 cm across and convex in shape.  The caps are dry and have black scales on a grey or grey-brown background that hang over the margin.  This feature gives the mushroom a ragged appearance.  The flesh is white and stains from red to black.  Stalks are typically 13 cm tall and 3 cm wide, the same colour as the cap and also shaggy.

This species fruits on the ground or on dead wood in summer and fall.  I found these specimens fruiting in the deep woods of Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, in late July.  The images below depict a very mature, old specimen where the immature whitish pore surface has already changed from gray to black.

 

Strobilomyces strobilaceus Old Man of the Woods black shaggy wild mushroom

Old Man of the Woods - 1
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in late July] 

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Strobilomyces strobilaceus Old Man of the Woods black shaggy wild mushroom

Old Man of the Woods - 2
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in late July] 

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Old Man of the Woods black shaggy wild mushroom

Old Man of the Woods - 3
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in late July] 

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 Old Man of the Woods black shaggy wild mushroom New York

Old Man of the Woods - 4
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in late July] 

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Underside of cap of Strobilomyces strobilaceus Old Man of the Woods black shaggy wild mushroom

Old Man of the Woods - 5
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in late July] 

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white grey underside of Old Man of the Woods fungus cap

Old Man of the Woods - 6
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in late July] 

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burnt black charcoal like appearance of Old Man of the Wood fungus cap

Old Man of the Woods - 7
Note:  The stem fell off this mature specimen.  The photo is of the underside of the cap.
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in late July] 

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old mushroom cap Old Man of the woods eaten mature

Old Man of the Woods - 8
[Photographed in Taughannock Falls State Park, New York, along the gorge rim trail in late July] 

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