When: 2008-09-17

Collection location: Chez Viess-Rust, Oakland, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

Specimen available

Growing from base of dead lilac tree. There has been a succession of fungi associated with this tree….first Clavicorona, then Armillaria (which killed it) then Pluteus. Mostly white cap, some brown in center; dark pink/flesh-toned spore print.


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Recognized by sight: large size, pale cap with brownish streaks, on wood in urban habitat

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Pluteus pellitus is a European species
By: else
2015-03-20 17:15:53 CDT (-0400)

and has not been found in North America (so far).
Pluteus petasatus on the other hand, is widespread, fruits late in the season in the Bay Area, and is common.
the best source to identify species in Pluteus sect. Pluteus in the temperate northern Hemisphere is a publication by Justo et al. (2014).

Did you scope this?
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2015-03-20 16:26:51 CDT (-0400)

If so you have a good chance of identifying it: