Into this catchall category go the hundreds of small to medium-sized mushrooms that are brown or tan and have the well-defined stalk and cap of a typical mushroom. Spore color, which is used to identify mushrooms, varies in this group. Even experts can have a great deal of trouble sorting “little brown mushrooms” into species. Because many are poisonous, and some deadly, we recommend avoiding the whole bunch.
Habitat and Conservation
Mushrooms are a lot like plants, but they lack chlorophyll and have to take nutrients from other materials. Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. They are in a different kingdom — the fungi. Fungi include the familiar mushroom-forming species, plus the yeasts, molds, smuts, and rusts.
Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Be absolutely sure of the ID, and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction..