Observation 191805: Limacella illinita (Fr.) Maire

When: 2014-07-27

Collection location: Karkaraly National Park, Karaganda District, Kazakhstan [Click for map]

49.4451° 75.4517° 847m

Who: Igor (Igor_Yevdokimov)

No specimen available

Limacella illinita (Fr.) Maire
Small whitish mushroom with slimy convex cap, slimy veil, close thin gills and a long stalk
Cap: 2-4 cm wide convex and slimy with central light brownish-yellow indistinct spot and slimy brownish-yellow remnants of veil along margin.
Gills: almost free or attached with notching, close and thin, narrow then moderately broad, white or whitish; flesh is thin and white.
Stalk: 6-9 cm long, 0.4-0.8cm thick and slightly enlarged down, slimy when young, some fibrous and hollow, whitish or brownish-white.
Veil: slimy partial veil
Edibility: edible.
Habitat: very rare kind; single or small groups in pine-tree forest after rains.
Season: July – September

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You’re welcome, Igor. EDITED
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-12-07 09:23:30 CST (-0600)

I don’t know if it is possible to send dried material to the U.S. from Kazakhstan, but if it is and you would like to try, I have an opportunity to do DNA-sequencing of species of Limacella at present, and I would be delighted to include a sample from your material. To do a full work up (with microscopy, etc.), I would need a vertically cut quarter of a mature specimen and and a vertically cut quarter of a less mature or immature specimen.

It is very interesting to see something so similar to material from a montane region in a part of North America that has a good deal of high elevation desert. The desert is at the foot of the mountains (which are like islands in the desert). Elevation of the desert is about 1600 km…it is called “mile high desert.”

EDIT: I forgot to mention that the North American material occurs only in the “monsoon” season in Arizona (20 minutes of very driving rain at 5 p.m. every day for a short period of days after the middle of summer. The area in which the species grows in Mexico has two distinct rainy season separate by long periods of the year with little rain.

Very best,


This species reminds me of a North American species from Pine forest…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-12-06 22:21:11 CST (-0600)

in the southwestern U.S. and in the neovolcanic zone of central Mexico.

There is a page addressing the species here:


Very best,

Rod Tulloss

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