Observation 139482: Gymnopus (Pers.) Roussel

When: 2013-07-10

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

Who: pete (petepann)

No specimen available

Growing next to pond under “scrub” pines

Proposed Names

-20% (2)
Used references: Mycokeys.com, Rogers, Google
28% (1)
Recognized by sight
28% (1)
Recognized by sight

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus


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By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2013-07-12 16:35:57 CDT (-0500)

Hygrocybe virescens is a green west coast species. It is a waxcap. The gills and flesh feel waxy when crushed. Without experience identifying mushrooms by comparing photos is not likely to give positive results.

That is perfectly understandable..
By: pete (petepann)
2013-07-11 22:44:32 CDT (-0500)

Yes, I realize, and hang my head in shame,that a photo alone is not correct etiquette for Identifying. It just seems that the names proposed are no where near similar to the photos. I only want to understand WHY it is NOT Hygrocybe virescens
when it looks closer to that than what is proposed. Just trying to understand the reasoning.

By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2013-07-11 21:51:38 CDT (-0500)

Pers. is an abbreviation for Persoon who coined the name Gymnopus. And yes this is an identification only to the genus Gymnopus. Sometimes that is all we can get from a photo.

I am somewhat confused…
By: pete (petepann)
2013-07-11 21:30:19 CDT (-0500)

As if yall did not already know that! But seriously, although I am new to mycology and still have SO MUCH to learn, I don’t understand why the nomenclature for this was changed. I could be wrong about this, but does not the name " Pers." basically mean that it could be anything within that species? Why would my first ID attempt not hold structure? Granted, I am definitely not 100% sure about the name, my first ID matches this much more so than the other two proposed names. As I stated before, I have A LOT to learn. But I DO put much effort into researching before I just throw out some random name. And I AM accustomed to being wrong 80% of the time.(That percentage is dropping slowly but surely!) I am, for the most part, teaching myself the “art” of fungi identification. No school, No mentors or professors. All I really have are a few outdated books, the internet and a strong and determined will to learn. So any info on whats happening in this situation would be great! Thanks!

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