Observation 92764: Pluteus phaeocyanopus Minnis & Sundb.

I couldn’t find exactly what they were growing on, but it must be buried wood. I only noticed a “mushroom” smell, but I don’t trust my nose enough to use that info for ID. The stipes were blue.

The caps were about 4cm and 2.5cm across.

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35% (5)
Recognized by sight
4% (4)
Recognized by sight: The blue stipe and small size seem to fit, but it may be another blue-stiped Pluteus.
Used references: Pluteus section Celluloderma in the U.S.A. by Andrew M. Minnis and Walter J. Sundberg
6% (3)
Recognized by sight

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By: Evan Casey (EvanCasey)
2012-06-01 03:29:47 CST (+0800)

I think I’ll take you up on that offer. I posted before I saw your comment. I’m still looking for some small and cheap containers for shipping, but I’ll let you know when I’m ready to send it.

bad lighting
By: Evan Casey (EvanCasey)
2012-06-01 03:04:07 CST (+0800)

I’ll try and rebalance the color on the spore print later tonight. It was not as pink as it looks here. It looked like all the other Pluteus sp. I have printed, and I’m pretty sure that’s what it is.

most likely not P. cyanopus
By: Alfredo Justo (Fredo)
2012-06-01 02:59:24 CST (+0800)

Overall this looks more like a Pluteus than an Entoloma, though confirmation from microscopy is necessary.

Externally the texture of the cap does not fit what we call P. cyanopus in Europe, but P. cyanopus is a very rare species and not totally well understood even there. Though there have been records of P. cyanopus in North America its presence in this side of the Atlantic is far for certain.

Minnis & Sundberg recently described P. phaeocyanopus from California (http://www.pnwfungi.org/...) and that is a possibility for this collection.

Evan, if you send it over I’ll take a look at the specimen

really interesting cap texture and thick gills…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-06-01 00:03:43 CST (+0800)

not sure that it fits P. cyanopus, though. I agree that it looks to have pink spores.

got scope? a peek at the spores would separate Entoloma (another possibility) from Pluteus sp.

Kuo’s key states that P. cyanopus shows a lined margin and a wrinkled center; this mushroom is so textured it almost looks like a Rhodotus!

If it turns out to be an unusual Pluteus, Else Vellinga may be interested in the specimen.

nice find.

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