Collection location: West of Bovec, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia [Click for map]
Late fall oyster
Slo.: pozni zgruscevec
Date: Jan. 27. 2009
Lat.: 46.33481 Long.: 13.53083
Habitat: mixed woodland, nearly flat ground, cretaceous clastic rock (flysh), rain protected by trees canopies, mostly shade, precipitations ~3.000 mm/year, average temperature 8-10 deg C, altitude 445 m (1.450 feet), alpine phytogeographical region.
Substratum: fallen old deciduous tree, partly debarked, covered with mosses
Place: West of Bovec, near the trail to Pluzna village, East Julian Alps, Posocje, Slovenia EC
Nikon D70 / Nikorr Micro 105mm/f2.8
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Thank you for your comment. I (a mushroom dummy) am glad you confirmed my determination since I was puzzled by the lack of green tones too. All other characters (apart of microscopic, which I am unable to check), particularly distinctly slimy caps, tacky upper surface and brown scurfy scales on stems, fitted well to descriptions I’ve found on web. Here are two links to other pictures of P. serotinus from Slovenia, which show considerably more green in caps color.
For some reason (maybe its still the joy of being able to identify this mushroom the first time I found it many years ago), I have a special feeling for this species. I remember reading somewhere that it is the harbinger of winter and the end of the mushroom season in the eastern U.S. Thanks for posting these pictures of Slovenian material. I’m used to seeing stronger tones of green on the caps of N. Amer. specimens. Has anyone ever done a careful comparison of the European and North American populations that referred to under this name?
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