Collection location: Rock Creek Regional Park, Montgomery Co., Maryland, USA [Click for map]
Project: Rainbow world of Fungi
Project: My Cology is Better than Yours
Project: MICR 424L/427L Mycology Laboratory
Project: Collection – Local Mycoflora
Growing on wet wood two days after downpour
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When I went back on 10/2, all of the larger ones had been destroyed by insects. One carcass lay on the ground, the pelt-like outer coat was largely intact, but the soft inner tissue was gone, the stem and cap were somehow still attached. Most still standing were de-capitated with just stems remaining. None were any bigger or more mature than the earlier photos here.
It’ll be interesting to see just how much these end up looking like Pholiota granulosa.
Just to be sure that Leucopholiota and Cystoderma are eliminated, it may be a good idea to get a spore drop for one of these.
The Flammulaster I have found has been quite early… April/May.
I am hoping to go back and photo again when they are mature. I was thinking Cystoderma until I checked some observations on MO. I have seen Pholiota granulosa several times, but never Leucopholiota decorosa. I still need that one.
You probably know that F. erinaceellus is in Inocybaceae. I had a similar observation last year at about this time at a different location, so it is the season. That time, Christine Bratten made the call.
Almost looks like Leucopholiota decorosa, except the scales on the discs are erect granular and not recurved. So it looks to me like you have nailed this one. Also, after it has weathered somewhat, F. erinaceelus can be confused with Pholiota granulosa. But these are nice fresh ones.