Observation 137491: Volvariella Speg.
When: 2013-06-19
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Fruiting alone on Melaleuca quinquenervia wood chips in permaculture garden.

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Recognized by sight: rosy gills; stipe inflates at base connecting to a membranous, saccate volva; fruiting off Melaleuca quinquenervia mulch.
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By: Benjamin Dion (MykesLogos)
2014-11-12 23:21:49 CST (-0500)

hello, I’ve been working at this garden for some time now- back when I made this obs I was only a beginner volunteering every once in a while… long story short, this compost was inoculated before we used it. Makes more sense to me now… cheers.

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2013-06-24 14:57:45 CDT (-0400)

I agree. Cool. This is the common Volvariella called ‘paddy straw mushroom’ in some Asian restaurants, only one other observation of it in the USA on MO currently.

By: Byrain
2013-06-24 14:55:18 CDT (-0400)

The original resolution for the first image shows the cap texture well, I think V. volvacea sounds more likely now. V. gloiocephalus is common in my area, I’ve never seen it to have a cap texture like that. :)

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2013-06-24 14:39:30 CDT (-0400)

I’ve never heard of V. bombycina growing off of woodchips (always on standing trees), but I suppose it’s not impossible…

The volva looks rather small for V. bombycina in these photos, and the cap is probably too old to reliably tell details of texture (silky fibrils, etc). In other words, this mushroom doesn’t seem like a good fit for V. bombycina because it doesn’t have a really deep sheathing UV at the stipe base, and is growing in wood chips.

As for the other observation you linked to, those look much more like V. volvacea due the the sheathing volva, but much grayer caps than in V. bombycina, and growth in woodchips.

So, if the mushroom in this observation is definitely the same as the mushrooms in observation 133105 (and once had a much deeper sheathing volva), then I’d go with the name V. volvacea for both.

And actually given the gray at the center of the cap (and not uniform), that makes more sense to me now.

By: Benjamin Dion (MykesLogos)
2013-06-24 14:26:12 CDT (-0400)

this was found within 10 yards or so from where these were found: http://mushroomobserver.org/133105

They’re completely identical to Kimbrough’s “V. bombycina” in Common Florida Mushrooms….

what makes this one Volvopluteus gloiocephalus?

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