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Galerina 

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*** Warning ***

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.

I am grateful for corrections to taxonomic determinations, please contact me at FreeTiiuPix 

 

Galerina 

Galerina is a genus of small brown-spored mushrooms, of which there are many!  They are typically found fruiting on wood or on mossy ground.  This group of fungi contains toxic species.

Since "Galerina" means "helmet-like", the species looks like a typical little brown mushroom with a rounded cone or bell-shaped cap.

It is difficult to identify mushrooms in this genus since there are similar genera which include Pholiota, Tubaria, Conocybe, Pholiotina, Agrocybe, Gymnopilus, Phaeogalera and Psilocybe.  

Are the images below of the deadly Galerina marginata?  also called "Galerina autumnalis", commonly known as the "Deadly Galerina".  G. marginata is a common mushroom found in somewhat wet forests on well decayed wood.  Typical characteristics used to identify this deadly poisonous species is the fact that they grow on wood, usually in clusters, are relatively small in size, have a brown to tawny cap that may fade with age, possess a thin ring or ring zone that may disappear.  Spore print is brown.

Although the species may fruit at any time of the year, is is more common in the fall, as were the species photographed below - October.

Caps are convex or nearly flat 1- 4 cm wide, sometimes bell-shaped, slimy when fresh or wet, otherwise sticky or dry.  The gills are attached to the stem but pull away with age.  Stems are 2 - 10 cm long and 3 - 6 mm thick.

Mushrooms containing amatoxins are responsible for 95 percent of mushroom poisoning deaths in North America.  Eating very little of an amatoxin-containing mushroom can lead to liver failure and death.  Be safe - avoid all little brown mushrooms.   Some references recommend not even handing the mushrooms!

 

 

Gallerina mushrooms fungus little brown mushroom

Unidentified Mushrooms - 26    
Is this the deadly Galerina marginata ?
[Photographed in Southern Ontario during October]

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Galerina mushrooms growing on tree stump little brown mushroom Ontario wild

Unidentified Mushrooms - 27
Is this the deadly Galerina marginata ?
[Photographed in Southern Ontario during October]

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little brown mushrooms growing on pine stump Galerina

Unidentified Mushrooms - 28
Is this the deadly Galerina marginata ?
[Photographed in Southern Ontario during October]

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small brown beige flat cap mushrooms on tree stump

Unidentified Mushrooms - 29
Is this the deadly Galerina marginata ?
[Photographed in Southern Ontario during October]

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