Observation 72805: Xerula megalospora (Clem.) Redhead, Ginns & Shoemaker

When: 2011-07-24

Collection location: Ringle, Marathon Co., Wisconsin, USA [Click for map]

Who: arebella (arebella)

No specimen available

This one was VERY STICKY and in general glutenous.

From the side, which I didn’t take pictures, it looked like a flying saucer, slight convex cap and concave gills. The edge was very sharply straight and no curling either up or downward. Must have been at the exact right time of maturity. It was perfect. There was a smaller one next to it. Same thing.

The cap was a fawn color in the center fading to a cream. Striations were notable. The gills were a cream color as was the stem. Gills ran partially down the hollow stem.

Smell was not pleasant. I can’t remember what it was, but I know I didn’t want to eat it.

It was found in an semi-open area near a birch tree. It had rained the day before and had been overcast most of the day I collected the specimen. The stickiness probably protected it from drying out, and I’m guessing it wouldn’t last too long if there were a dry spell.

Spore print came up white.

Not sure if I’m in the right genus. I had also considered Pleutus, but this is my best guess for now! Can’t even guess the species.

The specimen ended up in the garbage. A small worm devoured the whole thing after the spore print was made and there was nothing left of it but a little tiny bit of the slime and gills.



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DANG! Had that exact name listed, then changed my mind!
By: arebella (arebella)
2011-07-28 22:25:37 CDT (-0500)

Boy, I wish I would have left it be. :) Had that exact name genus and species listed then went back to Cortinarius. Mostly because it looked more like the pictures from someone who posted here and from Wisconsin. I don’t have any info on the Xerula genus. I’ll have to look it up. Thanks for looking at the pics.

I learn something new every time I do this!

By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2011-07-28 16:41:51 CDT (-0500)

has brown spores.

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