Observation 139016: Lepiota (Pers.) Gray

When: 2013-07-07

Collection location: Rockingham Co, North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: pete (petepann)

Specimen available

OK, Fellow Fungi Followers. I have exhausted all my resources on this head scratcher. And I say that knowing someone will label it within five minutes of me posting it. Where as I have been researching it for over two hours now, to no avail. The closest match I could find would be Lepiota sp.

Found growing in a group of five at close but varied maturity in a mixture of Birch, Poplar and Maple leaves. Poplar and Birch dominant over the Maple saplings. Poplar taking overall dominance.

Cap of largest specimen in group 101.6 mm. from margin to margin. Utilized “string method” of measuring convex cap.( Actually did not have string, so substituted with a stray pine needle I found in backpack). Cap Pale Yellow (Beige?) in center fading to off white cream color at Striated margins. Striations Approx. 6.35 mm. Cap EXTREMELY viscid due to recent rains. Margins Appendiculate with dark colored Veil remnants. Veil remnants “wispy” cob web texture on margins and 12 mm. below cap. This species pitiful excuse for a stem ring. (Brown, maybe?) Not easily removed from margin. Very tacky with a slime substance. EVERYTHING was wanting to stick to it. Fingers, measuring “needle”, the leaf I set it on to keep it clean during photo shoot, Etc. Margin curved slightly inward over gills. Flesh white.

Gills off white in color when fresh. Crowded, unequal and adnate. Long gills= 25.4 mm. Short= 6 to 19 mm tapered. Within three hours gills darkened from off white to “dingy” drab color. Spore print a light “rust” color. (See Photo) If color cannot be determined by photo, we will have to wait until wife gets home for accurate color ID.( I picked a hell of a hobby to be color blind.)

Stem White in color with thin dark colored thin, short striations from left over veil. Was as viscid as cap when wet. Smooth now that its dry. 63.5 mm long from cap to bulb with one “elbow” bend. 18 mm. at base tapering to 6.35 mm at cap. Bulb 31.75 mm in length and approx. 25.4 mm wide. Bulb and stem solid and white in center cut. Unpleasant “Amanita-ish” chlorine odor when first cut. Faded quickly. Not so repugnant now.

I think that about does it. It would not give up its social security number. What do we have here?

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