Observation 296130: Crinipellis zonata (Peck) Sacc.

Concentric rings on cap, white gills, dark stipe with herringbone-like stiples. Stereo microscopy confirms dense hair on cap of dried specimen (required for Crinipellis). Spores do not show any sign of amyloid ornamentation in either Lugols or Melzers (a characteristic of Melanoleuca per Kuo). Note one branched hyphae which ‘could’ be a branched basidia (a characteristic of Crinipellis per Kuo), but this seems unlikely as all other basidia seem much smaller.

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Cap under stereo microscope (still have difficulty with focus at this depth of field).
Cap under stereo microscope (still have difficulty with focus at this depth of field).
Cap under stereo microscope (still have difficulty with focus at this depth of field). Note ’syrupy incrustations, possible crystals (or sand) in cap hair.
Spores in Congo Red
Spores in Congo Red
Spores and hair in Lugols
Spores and hair in Lugols
Hair in Lugols
Spores in Lugols
Spores in Lugols
branched ‘something’
Spores in Melzers

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: Wow!!!

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Really! We can check. She is sending to me. I will post microscopy.
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2017-11-14 19:42:59 EST (-0500)
If it’s this post
By: Django Grootmyers (heelsplitter)
2017-11-12 21:03:57 EST (-0500)


…then Melanoleuca.

Thanks for sharing your experience. I was not aware of the other smaller species.
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2017-11-12 20:01:25 EST (-0500)

Let me share a link:


Crinipellis or Melanoleuca? It’s coming to me in the mail.

Thanks heelsplitter, I will take your experience for
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2017-11-12 20:01:23 EST (-0500)
Based on range and size and how robust this is
By: Django Grootmyers (heelsplitter)
2017-11-11 20:55:21 EST (-0500)

There are only 4 Crinipellis species reported from North America AFAIK. Crinipellis zonata seems to be the largest and most robust and I’m not sure if C. campanella even grows as far south as Maryland. Either way, it also seems to be less robust than C. zonata. C. setipes and C. piceae are both much smaller than this. It could be that there are multiple species going as C. zonata, but in my experience collecting what I call C. zonata, it seems to be a fairly variable species and this is well within the typical variation.

Okay, Django
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2017-11-11 20:37:02 EST (-0500)

Would you look at what is identified as Crinipellis on MO? There is such a range that I doubt this can be reduced to species. But I like the name and agree the cap has concentric zones. What else makes you so sure?

Thanks Pulk and heelsplitter!
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2017-10-29 15:22:51 EDT (-0400)

No wonder I didn’t recognize. This is my first time seeing it. Thanks!

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