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Some unknown Lepiota here, and a really small one. But I think full grown. Not sure I found a discription of one this small, but also with no scales or veil on the stipe. The stipe is awfully clean on these.

Just to add some numbers, the caps are 1.8-2 cm, and stipe is 2.5 cm long and 3-4 mm wide.

Ok, after being unknown for a few weeks, finally have an answer on this one. I was able to confer with Dr. Else Vellinga of Berkeley, at the SF group/Oakland Museum fungus fair this last weekend (12/3/2006). And she took away the dried material and photos, and got back to me.

This is L. neophana, and the ref. for the species is Sundburg, W.J., Mycotaxon 34: 239-248, and can be found here:

And the specific ref. for this species is:

Which looks pretty good, and was found before in San Mateo Co.

Else said she is going to keep this material for the herbarium in Berkeley.

She also mentioned that L. neophana was first sited from the midwest, but after looking at more meterial it is probably true that the easter neophana is a different species than the western one found here. Esp. since the eastern species is supposed to be a lighter color, and not break up into scales like this one.

Good, one more unknown down… lots more to go…

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By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2013-11-19 15:24:19 PST (-0800)

should probably be updated since it is now listed as a paratype for L. phaeoderma. Smoother and paler, L. neophana looks pretty different in my experience.