Observation 133788: Pluteus Fr.

When: 2013-05-15

Collection location: East Lyme, Connecticut, USA [Click for map]

Who: Sam.Schaperow (SamSchaperow)

No specimen available

Found on well-decayed log. Taste & odor not distinct, but it does have a mushroomy taste & odor.

And, doesn’t the flesh remind you at least somewhat of mycelium where I tore it showing cottony qualities?

Thank you.


I decided to do a spore print (those gills don’t like at all the right color for Megacollybia). The color I got is orange-brown-pink (photo here), so not a Mega.
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By: Sam.Schaperow (SamSchaperow)
2013-05-17 22:48:37 CDT (-0500)

a new spore print photo has been added

Taste & odor, + edibility.
By: Sam.Schaperow (SamSchaperow)
2013-05-17 18:07:49 CDT (-0500)

Taste & odor not distinct. However, there may be a slight wet leaf smell in the odor.

Gerhard, TY for the info. regarding edibility. Sounds like if I can be sure it is Pluteus, I’m safe. If anyone knows an exception, please say. As to lookalikes in other genera: This has free gills & partially btw lignicolous, so not Entoloma. No vulva, so not Vulvariella.
By the way,
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2013-05-17 16:24:41 CDT (-0500)

which smell has it?

As far as I know
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2013-05-17 16:17:32 CDT (-0500)

there is no poisonous Pluteus species but they all do not taste very inviting ;)
You could confuse them with Volvariella with a volva but also not poisonous and not very tasty.
If you are a bloody beginner you could run risk with Entoloma though. Or with bigger Mycenas with gills turning pinkish in age but no dangerous poisonous ones here too.
Except Entoloma (the strongly poisonous do look different IMHO) I do not know of any dangerous lookalikes.

taxonomic concerns.
By: Sam.Schaperow (SamSchaperow)
2013-05-17 16:11:02 CDT (-0500)

New photos added today. :)

Not really…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2013-05-17 15:21:32 CDT (-0500)

Well, not really, don’t need any dried material for study there, I already have enough Pluteus from here I haven’t looked at yet.

I not sure I can say anything about poisonous or not… Personally I find such concerns less than interesting…

By: Sam.Schaperow (SamSchaperow)
2013-05-17 14:55:04 CDT (-0500)

I totally agree; not a Mega.

I have to get scoping at some point. Some day….

Meanwhile, w/macro only, can it be IDed at least to the ability to rule out all poisonous lookalikes?

Also, would you/anyone want a dried specimen for analysis?

Why stuck on Megacollybia?
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2013-05-17 12:09:23 CDT (-0500)

Why do you keep going to Megacollybia? Gills that are free, and turn pinkish-brown in age, pretty much gets you to Pluteus. Looks a little too light for P. cervinus, but there are other species there, which aren’t id’ed very often, because not many people look at them under the scope. You can give it a try, need to see the cystidia on the gill edge and face, and look at the surface hyphae on the cap, how well pigmented they are, and if there are clamp connections there or not. Might be P. cervinus, it’d be good to get more obs. here that people put under the scope.

spore print
By: Sam.Schaperow (SamSchaperow)
2013-05-16 21:06:22 CDT (-0500)

I decided to do a spore print (those gills don’t like at all the right color for Megacollybia). The color I got is orange-brown-pink (photo here: http://mushroomobserver.org/image/show_image/329234?obs=133788), so not a Mega.

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