These have suddenly popped up in my potato planter recently. I’m pretty sure they came from the wood chips mixed in with the compost. They have maybe been here about a week or so. They don’t seem to bruise. They don’t release fluid when cut. They seem to smell like licorice (anise).
I live in western Washington just south of Seattle.
I have no intention of trying to eat these. Mostly I’m just curious what the hell they are.
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The texture of the stem suggests Melanoleuca verrucipes to me: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/melanoleuca_verrucipes.html