Notes: The weather here has been too dry even for Pluteus species (not to mention anything more substantial, such as Amanitas) from the beginning of the season, so I’m trying to identify whatever I can lay my hands on :)
This is a typical late spring/early summer Psathyrella here. It has a broadly convex to nearly plane, strongly hygrophanous smooth cap (dirty brown drying whitish), evanescent veil of filamentous hyphae which is present only at very young age, cystidia without excrescences; it grows on soil and litter in loose small groups. The first image shows the scruffy specimen from this year; I added a photo of better-looking ones taken earlier.
I tried keying it out using the A. Melzer key but it doesn’t lead my anywhere, I don’t really understand the Psathyrellaceae well yet.
I’ll really appreciate any tips on Psathyrella identification, because the number of “Psathyrella sp.” in my collections is growing out of proportion :)
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