Found under lodgepole pines, and mixed conifer. Very common this day on rotting conifer wood, esp. at base of stumps.
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The first micro-shot is of the gill edge at 400x in KOH. There were no cystidia obs.
The second micro-shot is of spores from the gill at 1000x in KOH. The spores are ellipsoid, smooth, tan, with a very narrow to uncertain germ pore. The apr. size is 8 × 5 um.
And with these fact, this one is weird, there shouldn’t be a Pholiota with no cystidia it seems. I might have to assume that the cystidia are there, maybe, but small and clavate to cylindrical so they look like basidia? But in any case, did not get anywhere with this in Smith and Hesler, Funga Nordica, Noordeloos Strophariacea or Colman’s thesis. So, common one, but no idea how to id it…
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I’ve noted a very similar mushroom on woodchip mulch at Ohio university, but I never see them in the woods around Athens. I think you might be showing us an invasive species, a species adapted to human manipulation of the environment.
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