Observation 11467: Pholiota (Fr.) P. Kumm.

When: 2008-09-21

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

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

These yellow mushrooms grew clustered near a few logs, but appeared to grow from the ground. All parts yellow except for some white mycelium fuzz at the foot.

Two of the photos are close-ups (of the same specimen); two show others scattered about the area.

There had been a thunderstorm at around 4:30 PM on the twentieth, with quite a hard rain. Total rainfall where I live was minor, but in Pembroke it exceeded half a centimeter according to official (Environment Canada) records.

So it may not be that surprising that I found at least ten distinct species of mushroom within a region of only a few square meters in one of the damper parts of those woods when I went there the next day, besides the yellow mushrooms.

On one of the nearby logs was a pink mushroom (obs. 11478) and on another were several small brown cortinarii with yellow gills (obs. 11476).

Not far away was a bolete (obs. 11479), an earth tongue (obs. 11486), some cup fungi growing on wood (obs. 11485), and at least four agaric species (obs. 11480, 11481, 11482, and 11483). There were more agarics nearby that I ignored, so the total species count was probably closer to 15 than 10.

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