A single specimen found during an Asheville Mushroom Club foray on woody debris at the foot of a mature yellow poplar (Liriodenron tulipifera) close to the North Mills River, NC. It seems very close if not identical to “Volvariella species 01” collected and photographed by Richard Nadon in Quebec and discussed by Michael Kuo at http://www.mushroomexpert.com/volvariella_sp_01.html (though my photographs are sad things compared with Nadon’s) and also seems very close to Volvariella cinerea as described in Les Champignons de Quebec (mycoquebec.org)
Michael notes: "The specimens were identified by a Canadian mycologist as “Volvariella cinerea,” but that species, while insufficiently described in the literature, has a lined cap margin and a much smaller cap (1-2 cm across). It was very briefly described by Beardslee in 1915 on the basis of an Asheville, North Carolina collection that has since been lost" It is a tantalizing coincidence that my specimen was found within 20 miles of Asheville. Despite the inconsistencies in the description that Michael points out, could it be that what Beardslee named Volvariella cinerea has shown up again in its original habitat 96 years later?
Whatever it was that Beardslee found, it looks as if this charming and evidently rare little mushroom has turned up both in Quebec and in North Carolina. Has anyone seen it in between?
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