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If we don’t answer your question, the most likely reason is that we’ve answered the question before. Occasionally, it’s because the question is outside the scope of this website, or of our knowledge.

IMPORTANT: We CAN’T help you identify mushrooms from photos you upload. The price of being wrong is just too high! If you need help identifying a particular mushroom, it’s best to ask an experienced forager or professional mycologist.

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