Observation 189027: Pholiota polychroa (Berk.) A.H. Sm. & H.J. Brodie
When: 2014-09-16
No herbarium specimen
0 Sequences

The cap on this mushroom was kind of a purple-red color. The largest cap, shown in the second photo is about 2 inches across. The stem was about1.5 inches long.

It was not clear if the stipe was rooted in soil or earth. For both the younger and mature specimens, there was both soil and rotted wood around the roots.

The purple brown spore print put this into the Strophariaceae family and related to decaying wood.

I was not able to ID the wood species. The areas was highly disturbed with many pine being cut. However, there were also nearby hardwoods.

When I broke the cap, there was no liquid ooze from the cap or stem the material. The cap was soft. The stem or stipe had a darker core, partially hollow. You can see in the photos that the partial veil is still attached n the younger specimen and that remnants of the veil are seen clinging all around the edge of the mature specimen. I saw no immediate staining but by the time I got home there were brown streaks in the stem and the gill were turning dark gray.

The gills are closely spaced. The gill edges are wavy. The gill attachment is slightly notched.

As I broke the cap, the top surface of the cap peeled away from the edge, easily peeling in one sheet.

The surface of the stipe is granular dotted.

I noticed no significant smell to the mushroom. I didn’t taste it.

Spore Print – The spore color is purple brown.

Spore Size matches reported size for Pholiota polychroa
[20/1/1]L (6.1-) 6.3-7.4 (-8.2) μm x W(-) 3.7-4.4 (-4.6) μm,(L’ = 6.9 μm, W’ = 4.2 μm), Q (-1.52) 1.56-1.82 (-1.84), Q’=1.71


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