Habitat: Sierra Nevada foothills. Mixed pine/fir/madrone 3100ft elevation. January 2013. Two mushrooms found, 10ft apart.
Cap: Large, brown, 8inches diameter, firm, dense, thin brown scales, dry.
Stalk: Firm, bulbous base. 2-3inches wide.
Spore print:brown, 5-6×8-12microns
This is one of the best looking agarics I have found. This older mushroom was still pushing through the duff and it’s stalk went deep into the soil. The thick cap and stalk make this a temping looking shroom to put in the pot.
I’ve attached some microscope images for the bio-nerds out there. (And yes, I did use my cellphone held up to the eyepiece.)
Is this Cortinarius ponderosus(and can I eat it)?
At 400x each small division=2.5microns and at 1000x, 1micron.
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