Observation 84158: Entoloma vernum S. Lundell
When: 2011-12-04
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Matches very well with the account found in Bessette/B/F. But the authors mention that N. conica has look alikes that are difficult to tell apart.

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Eye3
Used references: B/B/F
Based on microscopic features: Angular (polygonal) spores.
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Eyes3
Recognized by sight

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When I first ran across these,
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2011-12-06 07:55:53 EST (-0500)

my first thought was “Entoloma vernum.” Of course, December is a very interesting time to find a mushroom called “vernum.” So I had my doubts. Also, the stipes on the ones I just found are thinner and the mushrooms overall are smaller than what I think of as being in the vernum group.

From what I’ve read, the Nolanea types (including E. vernum = N. vernum) constitute a very difficult group to understand based upon macro traits. Based upon my own observations, it seems likely there’s at least several different species falling under the vernum heading.

Given the odd weather we’re having, and the tendencies of some mushroom species to exhibit a “split season”, it seems like a bad idea to rule out vernum for these late occurring types. But I think conica is a better fit for this collection.

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