Observation 220594: Phaeocollybia benzokauffmanii Norvell
When: 2015-10-25
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Collected by CureCat for the 2015 Mount Pisgah Mushroom Festival. P. benzokaufmanii was among the suspected identities, but Erin believed them to be too small. Indeed, this is about the only character that appears not to match in Norvell and Exeter’s description of the species. Then again, the enormous dimensions they give in writing don’t really match up with any of the color photos with scale bars. Those fruiting bodies pictured in photographs appear to be very close to the size of the material seen here.

IDed by Danny Newman and Josh Kielsmeier-Cook.

NOTE: Fruiting bodies are much less orange-brown than they appear in these photos, particularly the cap surfaces.

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Recognized by sight: stipe and pileus context dense, white to pale pinkish; gills pale grey when young, fading to pale brownish/yellowish grey in age
Used references: Norvell, L.L., Exeter, R.L. (2008). Phaeocollybia of Pacific Northwest North America. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Salem District. pp. 1–227.
Based on microscopic features: cheilocystidia thin-walled, clavate; clamp connections rare to absent; spores verruculose-verrucose, citriform, averaging 9 microns in length
Based on chemical features: odor potato-y, taste bitter cucumber-y

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