Notes: Found fruiting directly from the trunk of a tree fern(Cyathea dealbata), in native New Zealand bush.
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I guess I am a little late in the discussion but I came across it and couldn’t help but chime in. Descolea has finally been pegged down in the Bolbitiaceae as it’s only ectomychorrhizal member! It does share allot of characters in common with Cortinariaceae but this makes more sense when we realize that Cortinariaceae and Bolbitiaceae are closely related, sister clades.
Descolea gunnii is located in the Cortinariaceae with there been 3 species in New Zealand. D. gunnii is nearly always found on fern tree stumps/wood.
Not sure what it is “closest” to, in some terms of closest. But this is a Pholiotina/Conocybe with Galerina-like spores, or a Galerina with Pholiotina/Conocybe like cap. Species of this genus are found down under, in Australia, New Zealand, and southern South America. Very rare in North America, but one species is found in Hawaii, found near introduced trees, it is assumed it was brought in from Australia.
cool shroom. where does it fit in? closest relatives?
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