I think I have the correct one. Let me know, please, if not - thanks
Found at base of a maple tree.
growing off of hardwood log
A mushroom! Finally! This species has gills that are nearly free from the stem, appearing a white-ish grayed color. The stem is silky smooth and hollow. They are edible and most appetizing when young.
I was clearing grass from our hops patch when I found these guys in scattered groups. A little digging showed some decomposing wood under the soil which would account for their substrate.
This is an edible species which i've tried several times. These ones went into a delicious pasta sauce.
Micaceus is a member of the inky cap family, meaning that in older specimens, the caps will turn black and oily, eventually dissolving. But while they are young and prime these guys are easy to tell with their small button caps, striations (lines), and especially the gold specks which dot them and reflect sunlight. The stipes are white and the gills are crowded and white-to- black depending on age.
They start decomposing about an hour after you pull them so you want to get cooking quickly!
Coprinellus micaceus is a common species of fungus in the family Psathyrellaceae with a cosmopolitan distribution. The fruit bodies of the saprobe typically grow in clusters on or near rotting hardwood tree stumps or underground tree roots. Depending on their stage of development, the tawny-brown mushroom caps may range in shape from oval to bell-shaped to convex, and reach diameters up to 3 cm (1.2 in). The caps, marked with fine radial grooves that extend nearly to the...