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poisonous mushrooms??

Mission, TX(Zone 9b)

This are growing in a potted papaya plant i got in my porch....are they poisonous???

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Keaau, HI

Looks like a type of Coprinus, Ink Cap, which might be poisonous.

Best to remove the fungi if pets are around.

San Francisco, CA

This is a plant ID forum; there is a mushroom ID forum at
but that is only open to subscribers, so see and

That said, your fungi looks like a Coprinus to me. They are usually not very palatable, but a few sp. are eaten. I do not know enough to say that none are poisonous, but they are not among the often-discussed poisonous mushrooms.

Edited: Metrosideros beat me...

This message was edited Jan 23, 2013 1:26 PM

(Zone 7a)

Vestia, that route would work only if Perly80 were a paying subscriber, which they are not.

San Francisco, CA

yes, part of my message was cut out - I restored it.

Mission, TX(Zone 9b)

Thank you for your time:) and hopefully ill be a member soon, there is so much in this blog i want to read and learn about...but sadly money doesnt grow on trees... Lol..

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Hi Perly. There are sites you may enjoy even while not a subscriber. If you click on COMMUNITIES at the top of the page, it will take you to a list of forums. Any without an asterisk * beside them are open to all DG users. Welcome to DG....

Mission, TX(Zone 9b)

Thank u moonhowl :)

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Quote from Metrosideros :
Looks like a type of Coprinus, Ink Cap, which might be poisonous.

Best to remove the fungi if pets are around.

As your links show, Coprinus has been split up recently - your fungus looks more like one of the Coprinopsis species, which are toxic for people (particularly so if consumed together with alcohol: the drug 'antabuse' is derived from Coprinopsis). Note though that toxicity for people does not necessarily also mean toxic for pets, or vice-versa; each species has its own separate toxicity list.


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