Observation 117139: Flammulaster Earle

When: 2012-11-18

Collection location: San Pablo Reservoir, Contra Costa Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Richard Sullivan (enchplant)

No specimen available

Growing on a dead log, 1- 1.5 cm across

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According to Kuo,
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2012-11-29 12:36:05 EST (-0500)

Flammulaster erinaceella and Phaeomarasmius erinaceella are synonyms, with Flammulaster the currently preferred genus. Also, Pholiota erinaceella is mentioned as another synonym.

For me, a confusing situation results when a specimen of F. erinaceella ages in such a way that the scales become less prominently pointed. In this state F. erinaceella may be confused with Pholiota granulosa. Collections which I have IDed as either type have similar spore print colors, spore shapes, and spore sizes.

I considered Phaeomarasmius also
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2012-11-24 17:34:59 EST (-0500)

I read a description for Flammulaster erinaceella that mentioned gills with frayed edges so I picked that one instead.

The description I read for Phaeomarasmius erinaceus didn’t mention frayed gills. To be fair, I only read what Matchmaker had to say about it.

Both grow on decorticated hardwood, is that hardwood Enchplant?

By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2012-11-24 16:22:06 EST (-0500)

This one is so spiky, it might be a Phaeomarasmius. It might be nice to take a look at the cap surface under the scope.

By: Richard Sullivan (enchplant)
2012-11-18 16:51:04 EST (-0500)

That is what it is. Thanks Britney!

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