Observation 12183: Tubaria (W.G. Sm.) Gillet
When: 2008-10-07
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found in a local park. This specimen looks similar to a Laccaria bicolor. But the scalloped edge of the cap, the striations on the rim of the cap, and the nearly brown coloration of the gills makes me wonder. So I’m tossing it out to others: have you ever seen L. bicolor with a similar growth habit?

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Used references: Auror’s Mushrooms Demystified, p. 402, identified as “Totally Tedious Tubaria”. Yep! That’s it! only the striate scalloped edge and 2-toned cap save this from being so tedious that I wouldn’t have picked it! Another possibly aid to identification: Aurora notes massive fruitings in Golden Gate Park on wood chips, and this was also growing on wood chips used as a mulch near trees in a park. Coincidence or habitat?

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There are lots of unknown Tubaria out there.
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-10-09 17:47:45 CDT (-0400)

You should get a spore print on these guys to confirm that it even might be Tubaria. Even then, there are lots of Tubaria, and most of them are unknown. And Arora in this case doesn’t help, really mostly for little brown jobs Arora doesn’t help, and he admits that in the beginning of the book. For T. furfuracea it should be darker in color a bit, and have evidence of a white univ. veil on the margin of the cap. This one could be a Tubaria, and also could be an unknown Tubaria… (And if not brown spores could not be a Tubaria…)

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