Observation 20888: Hypholoma (Fr.) P. Kumm.

This Fungi was a single find. It looked like it was deteriorating as there were sections that were decomposed on the outer perimeter of one section of the group.
I still took some images as the centre section was still in a reasonable state. It was growing at the edge of the sand dunes amongst some native grass and the soil was salty but damp. The fungi was in some shade from the elements by Bitou bush. Again I was only able to find the one specimen. The caps were soft and although jelly like in appearance, they were dry to touch. They were about 20mm across and the stipe seemed to grow in groups (joined at the base). The stipes were not visible till the fungi was turned.

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Recognized by sight: those look very much like wood rotting hallucinogenic Psilocybes that have been rained on a lot.
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Recognized by sight: The clustered growth, along with the colours, remind me of Hypholoma… But looking at these photos I can’t rule out Psilocybe either.

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Hypholoma sp.

Updated to CureCat I.D.

Identification comment (Hypholoma sp.)

I must admit that CureCat has a point esp. after looking at Cartinafinland site image. There is a very definite likeness to their image and mine. As he states, after drenching rain and the fact that some clusters nearby were already in heaven I have to agree unless there is another closer suggestion. kk

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-05-09 21:48:19 -05 (-0500)

I’m glad the links helped. Thanks for taking a minute to view them.

Yeah, I’m usually inclined to take photos of attractive, healthy examples of a species, rather than rotting or stunted mushrooms… Which is probably a typical sentiment. But this is a good example of why it is beneficial to get photos of all forms.

I conceed the ID to CureCat!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-05-09 20:39:46 -05 (-0500)

nice job of literally getting me to see things your way.

I looked at all of your links, and despite the reasons why it might not fit, the over-all gestalt is indeed a nasty melting hypholoma. thanks for taking the time to document it.

it pays to look at the uglies as well as the beauties, if you want to know your shroom.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-05-09 20:09:01 -05 (-0500)

I don’t think these are impossible, Debbie. Have you never come across a decrepit mushroom and thought “huh, looks like a nasty, old ____”??
These totally remind me of nasty, old Hypholoma. The appearance of widely spaced gills is a result of over saturation, and rot. The lamelle become limp and sticky with bacteria, and the water causes multiple lamelle to bunch up and stick together, giving an appearance of widely spaced gills.

Here are some photos of Hypholoma which remind me of these.

First, Kuo’s some what amusing depiction of H. capnoides at different stages of maturity.









Deb, I hope that the mature condition of this strange fellow has not interfered with an I.D.

all mere conjecture, mates.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-05-09 11:40:17 -05 (-0500)

those are awfully widely spaced gills, the cap is dry, the purplish staining doesn’t appear related to sporedrop and those very mature gills have never darkened. I’d say we have a genus Whoknowsius here.

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