Observation 219316: Pluteus cervinus (Schaeff.) P. Kumm.

When: 2015-10-14

Collection location: Mills Park, Bryant, Arkansas, USA [Click for map]

Who: Missy (Honeyb13)

Specimen available

Three of these fruiting bodies (2 mature, 1 young) were the only fleshy fungi I found on this walk. They were all on the same hardwood log, but not clustered. I worked on keying this out for a while, worked through pholiota, gymnopilus, agrocybe, hypholoma, stropharia, basically anything saprobic with brown spores. The keys, literally, mocked me for even attempting to identify this. I’m now completely convinced that Arora and Kuo are two of the funniest guys I’ve never met and not at all convinced that I’ve correctly identified this LBM as a Pluteus cervinus. In my defense, when I saw them on the log after hours of entertaining myself with sessile fungi on bark, I thought they MUST be something special.


Young specimen that had fruited through the loose bark (which fell away to reveal the stipe when I investigated closer)
Mature specimen (collected). Distinctly wrinkled at margin
Stipe swollen at base. Dark rust “granules” on faces of lamella, but absent from edges…no microscope available for further analysis
White flesh, no bruising or colorchange, no milky exude. Spore print was rusty brown.

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Used references: Mushrooms Demystified (Arora), mushroomexpert.com (Kuo), mycokey.org Fungus Identifier

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