Observation 61187: Phaeogalera Kühner
When: 2010-10-23
Collection location: Alishan, Taiwan [Click for map]
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: Found on small woody debris, under cedar and pine.

There were a number of these on the small conifer debris in the area. The first photo is of the freshest collection, showing them with a translucent hygrophanous cap, and striate. I had made three different collections of them in the area, but they all turned out to be the same species. The second shot shows a dryer one, and the third shot shows an older one.

The first micro-shot is of the gill edge at 400x in Meltzer’s. Here there are lots of cystidia on a non-fertile edge, they are fusiod, acute, and slightly wavy. Also no pleurocystidia were observed, some 4-spored basidia were seen, and the spores were non-dextrinoid. No reactions to the Meltzer’s were seen in any tissues.

The second micro-shot is of cap surface at 400x in Meltzer’s. The cap is a cutis, and no pileocystidia were obs. Also no gelatin were seen, the cap hyphae are rather inflated and clear.

The third micro-shot is of caulocystidia at 400x in KOH. They are lageniform to cylindrical mostly, a few were clavate to globose. Numerous at the apex, no cystidia were seen at the stipe base.

The forth micro-shot is of spores from the stipe apex at 1000x in KOH. Here the spores are smooth, ellipsoid, brown, with a clear germ pore, about 9.5 × 6 um in size.

So, not sure what to make of these. The over-all look to them is like a Pholiotina, with the light brown spore color, but the cap surface would put it in Galerina with the cutis. The cystidia remind me of some Psilocybe/Deconica, not really Galerina. The spores are too smooth with the germ pore to be Galerina, and not thick walled or angular enough for Deconica, so my bast guess on where to put them is Phaeogalera. Need to start looking in Taiwan mushroom journals to see if these are described anywhere, maybe. Need to brush up on my Mandarin.

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