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This mushroom was growing from a very large old log, most likely Hemlock.


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Recognized by sight: inrolled margin, decurrent gills, short stipe, general “gestalt.”
Used references: double checked most online descriptions, plus MDM.

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this is a pretty shaggy Paxillus to be an involutus…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-10-10 11:38:18 -03 (-0300)

…which is mostly described as having a cap that is finely hairy or downy, wearing to smooth. The gills don’t seem to be forked/forming pores where they meet the stipe. I agree that it is probably a Pax, tho…you should easily be able to peel the gills (like a boletus) if indeed it is a Paxillus. Involutus also should stain brown in all parts…I vote Paxillus species.

saprobic on hemlock
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2008-10-09 13:42:38 -03 (-0300)

The area was populated almost exclusively by hemlock and birch. This mushroom was growing from an old log that was almost certainly hemlock. It does look a bit like Lactarius but it was tougher and more pliable than one would expect from that genus. I don’t recall seeing any latex, but I did not even think to check.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-10-09 13:36:53 -03 (-0300)

little Paxillus. It isn’t automatically a Tapinella if it happens to grow on wood, is it?

Trees near by?
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-10-09 13:28:59 -03 (-0300)

What trees were near by here? Did you check for latex on the gills. It looks like one of the shaggy edged Lactarius, and I think those have species specific relationships with certain trees.