Observation 196633: Pholiota aurivella (Batsch) P. Kumm.
When: 2014-10-03
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Fruiting gregariously alone and in caespitose clusters on decayed, rain soaked log.

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Proposed Names

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Used references: Mushrooms of the Midwest (2014)by Michael Kuo and Andrew Methven
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Recognized by sight: Scales?

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A lesson learned
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-01-19 09:58:54 PST (-0800)

Walt,your suggestion of P. aurivella prompted me to dig a little deeper. On mushroomexpert.com, Michael Kuo points out that there is often enough uncertainty between P. aurivella and P. limonella to make it impossible (without spore analysis)to distinguish between them, especially due to age and weather conditions. Apparently the two are similar in every way except for size of spores. Since my specimens were so old and rain soaked, I guess it might be best to leave the ID at the genus level for now. If they fruit again next season in the same location, I’ll try to catch them at their prime.

As always, Walt, your eagle-eye …
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-01-19 07:36:11 PST (-0800)

.. viewpoint is appreciated. I agree that the scales are not entirely visible on these very soggy, mature specimens. My impression was that the reddish-brown blurred, streaky spots on the caps — visible in the last/bottom photo — were gelatinized scales on these past-their-prime mushrooms. I probably should pass on specimens like these (which also turned out to be filled with maggots which I discovered when I got them home) in the future. Thanks again for your comments.

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