Observation 81318: Lepista nuda (Bull.) Cooke

When: 2011-10-28

Collection location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

Specimen available

part of the Yosemite Fungal Survey.

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specimen is already at UC Berkeley.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-03-21 12:52:09 CDT (-0400)

I had no doubt of this ID when I passed it on over.

Why not show us the spores?
By: Byrain
2014-03-21 12:31:02 CDT (-0400)

That would settle it quickly.

Ha ha! Yeah…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-03-21 12:05:09 CDT (-0400)

Cap with hairs becoming gray, or thinning… (Okay, I’ll stop :-)

hey Dave…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-03-21 11:58:40 CDT (-0400)

you hit the nail on the head. This obsie is not about the ideal specimen, but the documentation of fungi in Yosemite NP. It doesn’t have to be either pretty or edible or “typical” to count! We all start to look a bit different as we age … eh?

I have seen plenty of examples…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-03-21 10:13:59 CDT (-0400)

of Lepista nuda with dirty-brown gills. I think this type of color develops as the mushroom dries in situ, but morning moisture tends to partially/temporarily revive the material. So the gills get kinda stuck between dehydration and decay. Sometimes rusty-brown stains also develop.

Sorry no photo to support this. I guess I just gravitate toward the nicer looking ones.

2nd image was after being on the dryer
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-03-20 16:28:56 CDT (-0400)

same mushroom.

2nd image
By: Byrain
2014-03-20 13:37:29 CDT (-0400)

I guess if this was only the first image I wouldn’t be so doubtful, but none of those examples (The last two are the same) are quite as brown as the 2nd image…

Debbie, are you sure they’re the same collection?

some brown gilled C. nuda for reference
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2014-03-20 13:08:33 CDT (-0400)
changed my mind
By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2014-03-20 13:05:57 CDT (-0400)

DV/NS/CS + staring at photos + gill attachment+stipe texture looking very nudal

By: Byrain
2014-03-20 12:53:46 CDT (-0400)

Do you have any examples, C. nuda is very common in my area (On wetter years) and they never get this brown.

Definitely Lepista/Clitocybe nuda
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2014-03-20 12:52:13 CDT (-0400)

They frequently get gills this brown when they are dry and mature, and that strong pale stipe/purple base contrast is also quite suggestive. Brown is one thing, but this fruitbody has no RUST tones anywhere.

I have to,
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2014-03-20 12:26:09 CDT (-0400)

(gasp) agree with Debbie on this one…

I have never seen
By: Byrain
2014-03-20 12:21:04 CDT (-0400)

A blewit with such brown gills before, did you print it? Smell it?

no cortina, no rusty brown spore drop…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-03-20 12:13:38 CDT (-0400)

but gills that did desiccate darker than normal, plus this fruit body showed saprobic material bound up into the basal mycelia.

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