Observation 62946: Clitocybe sclerotoidea (Morse) H.E. Bigelow
When: 2011-01-30
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Found in pine tree plantation, growing well attached in moss.
Cap: hygrophanus (I guess) from milk chocolate to buff. Depressed disc, context fleshy. Context colored the same as the cap.

Gills: attached, toothed (?) and subdistant, forking towards the margin. Lighter brown than the cap.

Stem: fibrous yet fleshy, seemingly ‘fused’, and coloring white like the cap in some spots (hygrophanus ?)

Attached well to the moss, with a large mass of cottony white under the moss,some parts orange or brown.

Smells like orange juice or at least of citrus.

Either the spores are very light or there aren’t many left on this example. I see a light outline of the gill pattern on glass, but not enough to tell what color it might be.

Struggling with the cross section for microscopy, I have about cut the cap to death.

spores: elliptic.


Copyright © 2011 Britney
Copyright © 2011 Britney
Copyright © 2011 Britney
Copyright © 2011 Britney

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: Growing on an aborted Helvella lacunosa

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By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-01-31 11:42:43 PST (-0800)

Thanks Debbie. I asked about the context’s color mostly because certain sites i get information from are inaccurate from time to time. Thanks everyone for the ID on this.

The spores were elliptic but that was as far as I got with the microscopy.

Britney described: “with a large mass of cottony white under the moss”
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-01-31 10:45:36 PST (-0800)

sounds like typical Clitocybe sclerotoidea substrate.
mushrooms change in color over time and with age.
look at the diversity of C. sclerotoidea colors here on MO…most of their contexts are NOT white.

Spore shape?
By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2011-01-31 10:27:31 PST (-0800)

What shape are the spores?

A question on this
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-01-31 09:52:17 PST (-0800)

Mykoweb’s description for sclerotoidea says that the context is white. My observation’s flesh was brown, colored the same as the cap’s brown. I would have thought the brown to be the main color, not the buff.

It smelled a bit like frozen OJ. The Helvella are gone from this hunting ground, haven’t seen one in weeks.

By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2011-01-31 09:14:47 PST (-0800)

So it smells like citrus?
That’s interesting.
I’ve yet to find a fungus that smells like citrus.

neat find

Did you find any other Helvella lacunosa close by?

By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-01-31 08:46:06 PST (-0800)

I saw this a few times before in late December of last year.

this also came into ACCF this weekend…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-01-31 08:40:38 PST (-0800)

and I think at SOMA camp the past one, too? Interesting that the fungi are appearing simultaneously all along the western coast, from OR to CA.

Thanks Darv
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2011-01-31 06:00:28 PST (-0800)

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