Observation 112866: Mythicomyces corneipes (Fr.) Redhead & A.H. Sm.
When: 2012-10-06
Herbarium specimen reported
0 Sequences

Growing in duff/moss on the side of a small stream of water.

Spore print light brown (but rather weak).

Spores 6-8 × 4-5 microns.

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once you get the eye…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-11-08 12:19:55 PST (-0800)

they may pop up lots of places. Wikipedia claimed that they are “widely distributed in northern temperate regions.”

I just don’t remember ever seeing these, or frankly ever hearing the genus name before. Again, probably because it’s small and brown, not that it’s too small to see at all.

Somehow, small brown mushrooms just don’t stimulate most of us to stoop on down.

Mythi Myths
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2012-11-08 11:53:11 PST (-0800)

I don’t yet have a sense of how widely distributed this species is, but it appears to be pretty common in the area around Shasta (saw it again this morning after yesterday’s bonanza).
Little trickles and seeps with lots of moss and vine maple often have them somewhere, but unless they are larger, they can be tough to spot agains the yellow maple leaves.

They aren’t all that small even. I wonder if they often go misidentified as a weird Hypholoma or some other genus with mycenoid ochre-yellow fruitbodies.

Under the scope they are very distinctive – highly encrusted metuloids and smooth brown spores (but cap and stipe texture are macroscopically very different from Inocybe)

the myth of Mythicomyces…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-11-08 07:46:08 PST (-0800)

just how “broadly distributed” is this little mushroom, anyway?

do folks mostly just walk on by because it’s small?

what, exactly, distinguishes a Mythicomyces from its Strophariacea relatives?

Thanks, Britney
By: Sava Krstic (sava)
2012-10-11 00:04:09 PDT (-0700)
Great pictures Sava!
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2012-10-08 22:09:12 PDT (-0700)

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