Observation 139459: Clitocella Kluting, T.J. Baroni & Bergemann

When: 2013-07-09

Collection location: Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada [Click for map]

49.1957° -107.5652°

Who: Chris Hay (hayfield)

Specimen available

Growing in grassland with short, somewhat sparse vegetation with various mosses and lichens on ground
Seems fairly common in the park (or maybe several species that look similar – thickness of stem and cap size seem to vary a lot), grow singly or several in a small area (as in this case)
Smells faintly of raw vegetables (unpleasant)
Difficult to get a spore print…
Cap depressed, gills decurrent

Spore print white! (or too thin to see colour properly – need to tilt paper)
Note I finally got a print off a different fresh specimen (potentially a different species, I know, but it would be one that is morphologically identical. This species (?) seems very common here.)
Also the smell was the same (unpleasant raw veggies) and after being closed in a tupperware for printing was even stronger and like chlorine(?).
The texture is like the dry white meat of roast chicken (“cartilaginous”?) for the cap and stalk flesh.

Sept 7, 2013 Microscopy:
Wetted and crushed gill fragments yielded few spores, smells like raw vegetables again.
See pics (15 × 40 magnification)

Proposed Names

-28% (1)
Recognized by sight: happened across a photo of this species on google images and looks like a good fit (terrible ID method!)
-30% (2)
Recognized by sight: Growth in moss, small and fragile, thin-fleshed, grey/ brown
60% (2)
Recognized by sight
28% (1)
Recognized by sight: general overall appearance and cap texture looks identical – hard to tell by my spore pics, maybe not warted enough
Used references: Kuo, M. (2008, January). Rhodocybe mundula. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/rhodocybe_mundula.html

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Clitocella – from Pulk
By: Chris Hay (hayfield)
2017-01-09 15:42:13 CST (-0600)

Thanks, Jacob! I came across this genus name just now and went to add it as another possible suggestion, only to find you had already made it nearly a year ago. I see this is a new genus from Rhodocybe spp. (R. popinalis, R. mundula, and R. fallax).

I have no useful support for this suggestion except the macro appearance struck me as incredibly similar… the sort of concentric cracking pattern on the cap surface, crowded gills, and angular decurrence.

The specimens I have of this species are tiny and/or damaged and not amenable to microscopy under my skills. A sequence is in the works, but may not be useful. Some day I’ll visit there again and collect some more – it was the most common mushroom out there!

Clitocybe key?
By: Chris Hay (hayfield)
2013-07-24 19:01:42 CDT (-0500)

What would it take for me to get this one to species? Are there any good Clitocybe references with keys? David Arora Mushrooms Demystified was not satisfactory on this one. Even more scientific sources (eg. a monograph?). I’m willing to do some microscopy.

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