Observation 11166: Limacella illinita (Fr. : Fr.) Murrill
When: 2008-09-15
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found at the edge of mixed pine/birch woods, in or near sandy soil. It was very slimy/slippery.

Fourth photo is from my return to this area six days later. The Limacella I’d picked for the gill photo originally was still lying there, a bit dried out but otherwise unchanged, which surprised me; I figured something’d have eaten it. There were some new ones growing nearby, along with other mushrooms. I photographed one of the new Limacellas.

Autofocus slides off their slippery caps just as surely as physical matter; I couldn’t get the photo to be in focus until I aimed at the edge of the damn thing. Must be the lack of fine detail to the cap center due to the slime layer.

Am I right in suspecting that the slime in this genus is what’s left of some kind of a veil?

Seen nearby: obs. 11167, 11168, and 11399 (11167 on both days, 11168 on the 15th only, 11399 on the 21st only).

Fifth photo is from after another four days, so Sept. 25. Same mushroom (I think) as fourth photo. Still looked quite slimy; cap had opened out a bit more.

For something this wet, these things are surprisingly durable and slow-developing.

Seen not very far away on the same day: Amanita muscaria, at least three of them (obs. 11589).

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By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2008-09-20 11:26:04 PDT (-0700)

Too late now. That observation was made days ago.

I don’t know much about drying and preparing specimens for storage or transport anyway, so I probably wouldn’t have done a great job. :-)

Could you possibly collect it?
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2008-09-20 08:09:44 PDT (-0700)

We know so little about Limacella

Is it possible that you could collect and dry this and make it available for study?

Very best,

Rod

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