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Hello! Just wanted to start a thread for any potential mushroom enthusiasts that might be on here from Canberra or surrounds? Me and a friend have been trying to do research and foraging for a while but to no avail and we would definitely use a bit of guidance!
Today I found the hugest and most gorgeous bracket of Laetiporus portentosus ( White punk ) on a dead log that a recent flood had tossed halfway up a tree before the waters receded The bracket weighs about 5kg and seems completely untouched by bugs. It also smells divine Not a lot in the way of records re edibility, except mentioning Tasmanian Aborigines maybe used to eat it as an emergency food. A few sites say Laetiporus genus is edible... that seems to be a broad brush Close relative of Chicken of the Woods. Anyone know if there are any toxic lookalikes I need to be wary of?
I can't find any records of anyone seeing this here before- and I didn't take pics, cos I thought it was probably a common find But I found what looks like a Boletus edulis yesterday, in open paddock, NNSW, near the dripline of some eucalypts and just down from a pile of timber which burned last year How likely is this? Does anyone know of anything else which could look similar? I know they happen down south in Vic, but I thought I was too far north Cap was 100mm, brown, dry and velvety, the underside was pale cream, pores instead of gills, and nothing changed colour after the tissue was damaged- no colour change at all. Stem was solid, almost same diameter along. It didn't change colour when cut either Stupidly I took it home, cut it up and whacked some in agar, not realising that it needs a tree to associate with to grow Shoulda taken a picture instead ). I still have the cap drying, maybe I should try to photograph some spore? No point in trying to culture the mycelium if it won't fruit that way- unless someone knows of something new? It's been a drier, colder year than normal for this time of year, we've also had the best year for fieldies I've seen in 10 years