Observation 11317: Clitocybe (Fr.) Staude

When: 2008-09-18

Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

These little white mushrooms were found scattered here and there in a large region of damp, mixed woods. They appear to be decomposers of leaf litter, to judge by the third photo here.

Silky-shiny cap, decurrent gills, all parts whitish but not identical shades, and the largest I saw was a centimeter and a half or so wide and two to three high.

Photo 1: Two of this species growing close to each other amid sticks and leaves.
Photo 2: The same, but with the flash dimmed by about 50%. The color gamut is worse but the depth and structure of the cap surface is perhaps a bit more discernible.
Photo 3: The larger of those two, pulled up. It proved to be attached to some leaves and pine needles by strands of white mycelium, as is evident from this photo. Also visible are the decurrent gills and the fact that all parts are white.
Photo 4: Some more scattered in a small area several yards from the first site.
Photo 5: One of this species in the background behind a rotting log with two tiny agarics (obs. 11323) and a Clavulinopsis laeticolor (obs. 11324), near a rotting stump with another tiny agaric (obs. 11325), some larger mushrooms (obs. 11239), another isolated Clavulinopsis laeticolor (obs. 11324), and a group of three more of those (obs. 11240). In the same general area were a Cortinarius alboviolaceus near a different stump (obs. 11401) and some other small to mid-sized mushrooms that I chose not to photograph on this occasion.

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