Observation 207599: Volvopluteus gloiocephalus (DC.) Vizzini, Contu & Justo

There was two fruiting bodies. Caps were 10-11 cm, stipe 12 × 1.4 cm, volva cup shape and 5 cm wide by 2 cm deep. Odor was not distinctive, taste reminded me slightly of asparagus. Spores were 12-17u but no cystidia observed.

Fruiting bodies originated in the ground under several inches of wood chips and near a small apple tree.

I gave some of the collection to Judy Roger to check with her microscope. Here are her comments:I found a fair number of both cheilo- and pleurocystidia and got some photos. They are like fattened basidia to some extent but more rounded toward the top. (The look like a smallish round balloon not completely blown full.) Most have a nipple but not the longer rostrate point the Swiss book shows. I did find a couple of the long pointed cystidia but they were in such spots (with material behind them that obscured their features. The photos of them did not turn out well due to the “interference”. There were also a few of the more elongated cystidia that had almost puppet heads. The drawings in Nordic Macro showed some similar. There were also comments to the fact that the cystidia were very variable and erratic in shape.


3rd day after first observed
1st day observed
1st day observed
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Copyright © 2015 Judy Roger
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