When: 2008-11-08

Collection location: St. Genis, France [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

Specimen available

Found under spruce and maple, in grass and moss, most closely attached to the moss. Most with an acute umbo, not striate, and the stipe is almost unpigmented.

updating with some micro-details…

the first micro-shot is of the gill edge at 400x in Meltzer’s. Here the thin cheilocystidia can be seen, and they are capitate.

The second micro-shot is of spores from the stipe apex at 1000x in KOH. The spores are ellipsoid, and lightly warted with no plage. The ave. spore size is length – 8.79 +/- 0.30 (err 0.09) um, width – 4.83 +/- 0.20 um (err: 0.07) – q : 1.82 +/- 0.08, on 15 spores.

Also obs. was no pleurocystidia, a cutis cap surface with no gelatin, and no clamp connections. Putting this together with a bunch of different sources gives you Galerina graminea, or Galerina laevis depending on the source. It seems about half and half use either name as valid.

These seem to be a rather common moss loving fungus in the area in the fall, when damp enough.

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Proposed Names

86% (1)
Recognized by sight
Used references: Oh, a bunch…
Based on microscopic features: No clamp connections, very lightly warted spores with no plage, capitate cheilocystidia.

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