Observation 197505: Omphalotus olivascens H.E. Bigelow, O.K. Mill. & Thiers

Fruiting from just below soil line off of what may be a Ceanothus stump. Old specimen, past sporing, with a weathered-scaly appearance to the cap. Cap is thick and fleshy, orangish-brown and the margin curves over the underside. Cap developed lobes with age. Younger caps are smaller and not as lobed. Stem orange and off-center. Gills yellowish, veined, decurrent and with serrate margins (more likely Lentinus then?). No odor. Not bioluminescent.

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good call on the genus, Amanda.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2015-01-29 18:58:15 CST (-0500)

It is only bioluminescent during a specific stage of growth: when it is fully mature and producing spores. The spores are actually bioluminescent, too!

From your photographic evidence alone, and without range data, the species could not readily be told. However, we ONLY have Omphalotus olivascens here in CA.

It is ironic that someone just called me today wanting a fruit body of this for an AP Science project. Ah well, too late now.

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