Special Sub-Topic: North American Mushrooms
|Which mushrooms ooze a milklike liquid when cut or broken?|
Lactarii. Named for the Latin 'lactare' meaning 'to secrete milk'.
|Which of these grow in clusters on decaying leaves or wood under broad-leaved trees?|
Little Wheel Mushroom. They really do look like little wheels.
|Many, but not all, of the hallucinogenic mushrooms belong to this colorful family?|
Strophariaceae. Possession of the Cuban Psilocybe, which grows in Florida and along the Gulf Coast, is illegal in most states.
|The soft gills of the mushrooms in this family separate cleanly from the underside of the cap when you press on them with a finger?|
Paxilli. Found under conifers or in mixed woods.
|This common inhabitant of lawns is so fragile that it often lasts less than a day?|
Brownie Cap. Usually found in grassy areas, but sometimes in open woods.
|When stepped on, they explode with a pop, then squirt out the powdery spore 'dust'?|
Puffballs. Some puffballs are choice eating, but there are poisonous look-alikes.
|Which of the following is a Jelly Fungi?|
Witches' Butter. The others are Cup Fungi.
|Which of the following is a Cup Fungi?|
Orange Peel. The others are Jelly and Flask.
|Many species of these contain deadly poisons that attack the liver and kidneys and have no known antidote?|
Amanitas. People often confuse the poisonous ones with edible species or wrongly believe there is a way to rid them of their poisons.
|It is safe to eat mushrooms found in the wild if you are unsure what they are?|
false & f & no & n. No wild mushroom should be eaten in any amount or in any form unless it has been identified by an expert and declared safe.
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