Observation 151278: Pholiota decorata (Murrill) A.H. Sm. & Hesler

Growing singly on conifer twigs @ ~ 3000 ft.
Viscid caps up to 3.8 cm across.
Spore print reddish brown.
Spores ~ 6.5-7.2 X 4.1-5.0 microns, smooth with a minute apical pore(perhaps).
Abundant gill cystidia, long-necked with thick walls below.

I believe it will take a deep plunge into Smith and Hessler’s tome to pin these down.

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Recognized by sight: Relatively pale, dark fibrils on cap, shaggy stem, on wood branch/twig material. Thick-walled cystidia. Spores are a bit wider than reported in the literature

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Thanks Christian,
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2013-11-06 01:32:16 CET (+0100)

Pholiota decorata looks pretty good. Trudell notes that it usually is lighter in color than depicted in his book and the spores are also pretty close to what is reported in Smith & Hessler as are the cystidia values..

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