Observation 94089: Cleistocybe vernalis Ammirati, A.D. Parker & Matheny

When: 2012-05-06

Collection location: Winton, Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Noah Siegel (Noah)

Specimen available

Growing under mixed conifers in a recently (last year) burned area.

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Recognized by sight: Veil remnants on cap, decurrent gills, partial veil, farinaceous odor.

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By: Drew Parker (mycotrope)
2015-03-29 08:40:11 +03 (+0300)

Looking forward to your obs. It would be nice to see the range expand. The color is variable changing from generally dull pinkish brown tones to more ochraceous or straw ones as it ages and dries.

Noah, your CA collection looks a lot like this one, and both with similar habitat and season. If Cleistocybe, then I think probably vernalis.

Something else
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2015-03-29 03:17:53 +03 (+0300)

to consider is this thing:

It looked a lot like a Cleistocybe when I found it, but turned out not to be.

Thought I had already uploaded this
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2015-03-29 03:02:21 +03 (+0300)


This was one I found in the southern Sierra a couple of years ago. It was also in Kings Canyon when I was there last May. It appears to be a Cleistocybe, I don’t know if it’s the same as C. vernalis

Hey Drew and Noah.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2015-03-29 02:46:39 +03 (+0300)

I do believe that I have also found this species in the Sierra this past week; talk about range extensions! ;0

Everything so far checks out. Fruit body color is apparently variable over time, drying and no doubt individual characteristics. My collection color resembles the photo in Trudell’s book, KOH turns pale green and the micro is also a match. will put up everything tomorrow.

By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2012-05-08 00:35:36 +03 (+0300)

The color is close to correct, it was taken midday with fun sun (shaded by my hat) so the colors might be a little warm, but it’s close. I’ll send you another shot. The KOH rxn on the cap was yellowish-green. It was at about 2,000 feet.

I’ll send you the collection.

Congratulations, Noah
By: Drew Parker (mycotrope)
2012-05-07 09:48:30 +03 (+0300)

Looks like you may have established a new western range record for C. vernalis. The morphology looks dead on, but the color is disturbingly orange. How acurate is it? One time I found it in a year or two old, lightly burned area. If you still have a fresh specimen and some KOH, try a drop on the cap to see if it gives a green rxn. What elevation was this? Could I get a piece of it from you?

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