It's still early January, there's been plenty of snow and last week, below zero temperatures. The last few days, the snow has melted, we've had temperatures in the (mid to high) 40's and, During walks in the woods, I've been a little surprised to already find 3 or 4 different types of mushrooms. Most in small quantities ...except for these. There's a fair amount of them and unlike many polypores they appear (at this point) quite tender; not at all "tough" or "woody". My understanding is that few if any are poisonous but still, I'd like to know.
Photos were shot and post begun yesterday with temperatures in the 40's. Today it dropped back down to 30's. They've frozen and (I think) somewhat changed colors.
Found in northern Ohio, January/winter growing on an old Cottonwood stump.
Fairly thin, "tender" but not particularly fragile
Top: off-white, texture: toothy, edges wrinkles up
Underside reddish brown, "rust" colored tubes
Spore print revealed nothing (yet)
Cutting top showed no color change
Smell: delicious, very mushroomy
Also, assuming they were good to begin with, are there any problems now that they've been "flash frozen" or just expect hem to be a little "mushier" than otherwise?
Any help IDing these is appreciated. Thanks
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I see others have been posting about "winter mushrooms" and I have a general question about them. Are they actually growing under the snow and discovered once it clears or, after a melt, do they pop up overnight?