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Observation 11223: Omphalina sensu lato

When: 2008-05-15

Collection location: Gallatin Co., Montana, USA [Click for map]

Who: Edward Barge (landsnorkler)

No specimen available

Found growing near river under cottonwood.

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Proposed Names

-3% (3)
Recognized by sight
-38% (5)
Recognized by sight: Just covering all the bases based on its appearance. This one’s doubtful.
1% (2)
Recognized by sight
30% (2)
Recognized by sight
-6% (4)
Recognized by sight
28% (1)
Recognized by sight
56% (1)
Recognized by sight

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in hand is always best…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-09-11 08:44:14 PDT (-0700)

chalk it up to another unsolved mystery.

Agreed — not Lactarius
By: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)
2012-09-11 07:42:27 PDT (-0700)

Stalk looks fibrous in the photo, so it would not snap like chalk.

By: Edward Barge (landsnorkler)
2012-09-10 19:16:30 PDT (-0700)

Thanks for the comments guys. This is/was definitely not a Lactarius. If you had seen it in person, you’d agree. In my opinion, it’s probably an Omphalina species, though not much we can do, as I did not save the collection.

reminescent merely means evocative…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-09-10 09:08:46 PDT (-0700)

I agree w/Alan. this looks to be one of the azonate Lactarius sp. w/distant gills; I just went thru the entire NA photo gallery in the recent Lactarius book, and found no slam-dunk matches…vaguely similar to L. hygrophoroides, but range and details wrong… or just absent in this sighting.

Too late for real follow-up though…

By: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)
2012-09-10 07:36:04 PDT (-0700)

Although it DOES look like a Cantharellus evolving gills.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-04-25 20:09:56 PDT (-0700)

worth a fresh look. certainly not Cantharellus though.

By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-09-16 18:56:36 PDT (-0700)

it is reminescent of our winter chanterelle, Cantharellus tubaeformis, with that hollow tube and decurrent gills.

By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2008-09-16 17:10:16 PDT (-0700)

Looks something like a chanterelle, but the gills look less fold-like and more gill-like than typical for chanterelles.