Observation 98164: Simocybe P. Karst.

This unusual Fungi was discovered on deadwood in a lowlight area of Wilson River Primitive Reserve. I am not sure what the mature fungi would look like but I definately know that I have never seen or photographed this immature fungi before. It was rather small, about 4mm across the cap, and the stems were delicate and flexible. There were also some even smaller specimens recordered in the image presented. The fungi reminded me of edible bean shoots that are placed on salad sandwiches sometimes.

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Recognized by sight: Spore colour and size of mushroom. Cap texture reminds me of some Simocybe spp. too.

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Thanks Irene…. We live in hope…kk

Very good photo
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2012-06-26 03:08:50 CDT (-0400)

of such small mushrooms. If anyone out there knows it, it shouldn’t be too hard to identify. But I fear that they are shortlived and rarely seen.

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Thanks folks for the input so far. As I noted I have never observed this fungi before. I did note the area and will return approximately the same time next season. Apart from one other species found in Australia with an exceptionally long stipe, this specimen definately had the longest stipe I have ever encountered. The caps were so small that the gills were not visible to the naked eye. True the specimen seems to be mature, and I did see evidence of older specimens on the stick, but couldnt pass up the oportunity to get an image of such an unusual fungi. Some of the stipes were much longer than the ones shown, but the caps were hanging down towards the forest floor and some were without caps. See the RHS of the image. If you check the image carefully you will also see the beginning of new fungi at an early stage in growth. The spore colour is brown as Irena stated and maybe some-one has seen this fungi before. Also the fact that the caps were not fully open made me feel that they had not reached the full mature stage.

try and find it again
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-06-25 22:17:24 CDT (-0400)

and post a new observation. fresh characters could tell us a lot.

Stipe length.
By: Tex (Stopwhispering)
2012-06-25 08:15:08 CDT (-0400)

There are not a lot of observations for Symocybe on MO, I agree that the stipes do seem unusually long for this genus, I am not convinced that this would completely rule out a Simocybe sp. paticularly given the age of your collection. I tried keying it out with a NZ/Aus key but I fell short.

There are not many(If any) other mushrooms that I can think of with such a small cap size and light brown/cinnamon coloured spores. The cap texture is also very typical of Symocybes, it’s very close to S. phlebophora.

Perhaps someone may know of something I am just not thinking of.

Wonderful find whatever it turns out to be.



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Thanks for your ID. I have looked at “the similar” of your ID for comparison. Dan Molter has shown a fungi (Simocybe) that are almost similar in colour and cap shape and colour, but please note the length of the stipes in the images I have presented are amazingly long. Longer than any specimen I have ever photographed.. kk

Brown spores.
By: Tex (Stopwhispering)
2012-06-24 10:19:23 CDT (-0400)

Wow! That will learn me for not looking at the full size photo.

I am really unsure as to what it could be now.

Mycena epipterygia
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2012-06-24 09:58:50 CDT (-0400)

is not likely, it has lots of brown spores. Really puzzling..

Mycena epipterygia
By: Tex (Stopwhispering)
2012-06-24 09:02:06 CDT (-0400)

Perhaps an old dried out M. epipterygia

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