Disclaimer: I am NOT a mushroom expert. Do not use my photos to positively identify any mushroom you may find. I often make mistakes! 🙂
There are around 600 species of mushrooms in the genus amanita. Many of them are poisonous, some are deadly, and a few are edible. Some of the more common ones have descriptive names like Destroying Angel and Death Cap. Unfortunately, I have several kinds of them growing in my yard.
I almost panicked when the mushrooms started springing up because Sheba (my Australian Shepherd puppy) eats everything — grass, moss, cow poop. To my great relief she shows absolutely no interest in mushrooms!
Since my primary interest is in edible mushrooms, I avoid eating gilled mushrooms with any of the characteristics of an amanita, including warty patches on the cap. In fact, I
avoid most gilled mushrooms except for the very easily identifiable ones that have no poisonous look-alikes.
While I’m very grateful for our recent drought-breaking rains, I do wish that yummy edible mushrooms had sprung up in my yard instead of these!