Observation 31578: Clitocybe brunneocephala H.E. Bigelow

When: 2010-01-07

Seen at: Santa Cruz, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)

No specimen available

Spore print white.

Mild odor.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:56:53 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Santa Cruz Fungus Fair, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA’ to ‘Santa Cruz, California, USA

Proposed Names

28% (3)
Recognized by sight: Gills separate easily from the cap. But its not L. gentianeus.
21% (5)
Recognized by sight: buff spores.
61% (2)
Recognized by sight: Looks like a brown blewit to me.
-11% (2)
Recognized by sight

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probably not white spores …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2016-02-07 12:15:21 PST (-0800)

was a spore print taken or just assumed?

C. brunneocephala has pale pinkish brown spores, not white.

I can see some spore staining on the gills, though, so this probably is brunneocephala. It does not look like gentianeus, which has a striate margin right along with a supremely bitter taste and a very tough fb.

Anyone who was at that ID table would have thought to taste a Leucopax lookalike for ID confirmation.

I just finished IDing a strange big mushroom that turned out to be brunneocephala, so I saw that spore-print firsthand, also a kid-skin like pale tan cap and an inrolled margin.

Taste, odor and trivial microscopy…
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2010-01-11 21:42:48 PST (-0800)

are stronger characters to sort these out. There aren’t that many Leucopaxillus species in our area.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2010-01-11 14:21:03 PST (-0800)

Right after I showed you the separable gills, I went back to the ID table and grabbed a C. nuda and L. albissimus, and peeled the gills cleanly off of both species…. So I no longer consider that a reliable distinguishing feature. Sorry, I meant to mention it to you, but I got distracted.

None the less… it looked more like a Leucopaxillus then a Clitocybe, but the spore print was buff, definitely not white.. I think Leucopaxillus has only white spores.

Taste it!
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2010-01-07 00:00:32 PST (-0800)

If bitter then Leucopaxillus gentianeus…

help please
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2010-01-06 23:42:03 PST (-0800)

This one needs to be ID’d. None of the santa cruz identifiers could figure it out.

Created: 2010-01-06 22:09:01 PST (-0800)
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