Poisonous Mushrooms A-Z

Safety equals success when it comes to foraging for food, and sure identification is an absolute must when gathering anything from the wild for you or your family’s consumption. If you have, or think you have, gathered any of the mushrooms on this page, then you must not consume and discard immediately.

As you will notice in this list, different mushrooms have different coloured spores. Click the link to find out How To Take A Spore Print, and also view my Spore Print Gallery to help with your identification.

This list will grow with this blog so keep checking for new updates. Click on the name of each mushroom for the corresponding blog post.The Common Earth Ball

The Common Earth Ball

  • Spherical mushroom, though sometimes creased and/or lobed, without a stem. 3-10cm in diameter.
  • Yellowy-brown, thick, warty skin.
  • Interior of young specimens are pale, though becoming dark The inside of the Common Earth Ballpurple-black with white streaks as the mushroom matures. Eventually becoming a powdery mass of brown spores.
  • Habitat: All types of woodland, though prefers Beech and Oak.
  • Similar Species: The Smooth Earth Ball is very similar and also poisonous. There is also a possible though unlikely confusion with certain Puffballs.
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2 Responses to Poisonous Mushrooms A-Z

  1. Al Christy says:

    I found something kind of like these when as a young man I had a job hoeing the grass out from under hazelnut trees in a hazelnut orchard. They were slightly buried maybe 1 to 2 inches in the ground, the flesh was dark purple with little black dots strewn through it, and they had a very, very strong unpleasant odor which I really can’t describe as being like anything I have smelled before. I still don’t know for sure what they were and thought for a long time they might be some form of truffle…have you any ideas or information which might aid me in my attempt at finaly figuring out what they were?

    • J P Waldron says:

      Hmm, i’m not sure what to suggest. They do indeed sound like truffles, but i suppose you’ve already studied your various options there. The only thing i can suggest is to get in touch with a truffle specialist, as there are more than one species of truffle, and you never know you might have come across a particularly rare one!! If you remember where they were then perhaps it would be worth a trip back there to see if the things are still growing in or around the same area. Why not? Good luck on your mission!!

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