Observation 129841: Inocybe (Fr.) Fr.

Small pale tan Inocybe sp. with an umbo, radially striate along the outer third of the cap and a long slender pale stipe. These were growing from the ground in a widely scattered group on a stream bank in mixed woods. Spores are smooth ellipsoids with a tapered point at one end (teardrop shaped). 25 Spore average size was 9 × 5.7 µm with a Qe = 1.6. Capitulate metuloid pleurocystidia are abundant and many have a mucoid cap. These pleurocystidia very faintly yellowed in 5% KOH. Interestingly, in a collection of much older looking specimens 2 days earlier from this exact location, the pleurocystidia showed encrustation rather the mucoid masses at the ends. Despite this microscopic difference, the spores looked identical and I’m pretty certain these were the same species. Both collections are preserved.

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Based on microscopic features: Metuloid pleurocystidia

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