Key to Gilled Mushrooms Key
This is a key to gilled mushrooms, that is, mushrooms having a definite cap with a fertile surface consisting of gills. The fruiting body usually also has a stem, although that may be lateral or absent (usually, then, the mushroom is growing from wood). You can use this key to identify mushrooms that you find.
- Flesh without fibers, fracturing with the same sort of break as a piece of chalk
Spore and gill color limited to white, yellow, or ochre
Mycorrhizal: occuring only on the ground, and only when there are trees nearby
No ring or volva on stalk
All fleshy-stemmed mushrooms whose gills exude a latex when cut go here
- Spores amyloid, with points (warts) and ridges
When the ridges connect the warts, as in the picture, the spore is said to have a reticulum. A full reticulum connects all the warts; a partial reticulum (as in the picture) connects only some of them. Sometimes there are just a few lines connecting a few of the warts.
The spores illustrated also have bubbles inside, which makes them a little confusing-looking
Narrow down your identification:
- No latex
Cap usually brighter colored than Lactarius
Stalk usually white or tinged with color of cap