Observation 55094: Limacella illinita (Fr. : Fr.) Murrill
When: 2010-10-09
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: Sorry for the photo quality :(

It was one of those weird finds – I grabbed a gooey white fungus while running back to our log cabin late in the evening in heavy rain, thinking, aha, here’s that white Hygrophorus (a specimen of which I’d forgotten to pick earlier that day).

When I looked at it already standing at the porch I realized that it was no Hygrophorus at all, but it was too late for an in-situ photo.

So, the mushroom is pure white, with a convex cap about 35 mm wide, fleshy, with white, solid flesh; cap surface is very slimy, the slime is transparent. Gills are crowded, relatively narrow, free. The stalk is covered in slime beneath the slimy “ring”, with very intensive vinaceous-red staining at the base, almost black.

We only had KOH at the moment to which the fungus showed no apparent reaction.

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Thanks, Irene, and this makes me wonder…
By: Tatiana Bulyonkova (ressaure)
2010-10-09 14:54:45 CDT (-0400)

they’re totally different from what I thought were L. illinita I find in the pine forest where I live. Our version is slimmer, without red parts, and are off-white. I’ll be posting a picture in a second.

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