Observation 48784: Leratiomyces squamosus var. thraustus (Schulzer ex Kalchbr.) Bridge & Spooner

When: 2008-11-15

Collection location: Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Hamilton (ham)

No specimen available


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By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2010-11-07 14:33:09 MST (-0700)

Alexander Smith separated them by cap color and position of the germ pore.
Stropharia squamosa var. thrausta = Pileus orange to brick red
Stropharia squamosa var. squamosa = Pileus dull yellow to orange-tawny or chestnut brown +/- olivaceous in age.
Smith, A. H., H. V. Smith and N. S. Weber. 1979. How to Know the Gilled Mushrooms. Wm. C. Brown Co., Dubuque, Iowa. 334p

Cap colors…
By: Hamilton (ham)
2010-11-07 13:00:48 MST (-0700)

I’ve seen them from pinkish to red to reddish-orange around here. Still befuddled over it. It seems like what I find are all the same mushroom but I don’t know what’s right as far as the var. attachment.

Red vs Orange
By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2010-11-07 12:53:45 MST (-0700)

I’ve read that Leratiomyces squamosus var. thraustus has a red colored pileus as opposed to the more orange color of var. squamosus.

By: Hamilton (ham)
2010-11-07 12:46:24 MST (-0700)

It sure does, never seen an olive colored one.

Nobody can ever give me a decent answer as to what the difference is between Leratiomyces squamosus var. squamosus & Leratiomyces squamosus var. thraustus. So I’m as unsure as most as to what to call them.

Speak of the devil
By: Peter G Werner (pgwerner)
2010-11-07 11:19:44 MST (-0700)

This looks different from what were calling Leratiomyces squamosus var. squamosus in California:


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