Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]
In the mossy area, these were literally growing by the bushel. Cap grey with brownish center, convex, becoming concave to funnel-shaped in maturity. Gills white, decurrent, forked. Flesh and stem whitish. Flesh and cap sometimes bruising reddish. To 4cm wide and 6 high. Scattered, clustered, and numerous in moss under pine.
1. A mature specimen.
2. Another mature specimen.
3. Same as 2, but overturned.
4. Three young specimens.
5. Four mature, damaged specimens.
6. Mossy area with several of them scattered.
7. Mossy area growing bushels of them!
8. Closeup of area shown in 7, showing mostly mature specimens grouped along lines.
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guess that it can be really, really subtle when they get blown out like these guys are…I can almost picture it on a couple of these…certainly the forking gills and red staining fit. no other cantharellula possiblities listed in the PNW key council…
Yes, they do look like the same!
I had reasons to think this might be the same species as in obs. 11886, and reasons to think that might be the same species as in obs. 11026 and 11336.
This leads to the question: can the mushrooms in, say, obs. 11026 be immature C. umbonata? Those mostly looked like little bluish cones on tall stems, almost pencil-shaped in tall thinness.
The gills are truly forked, that is good enough. Add the red discolouring after bruising or by age, and that’s it!
Are the gills regularly-enough forked for this ID? I had thought of it myself, but had the impression from field guide photos that all of the gills radiating from the stem would fork at the same distances outward. These seem to be intermediate between that and really random forking.