When: 2008-11-14

Collection location: Larch Mountain, Multnomah Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]

Who: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)

No specimen available

Not any Phaeocollybia I know, but then, I don’t know a lot of them, either. This is a very dark lead-grayish-black with green highlights to a very conical cap, but the stipe is ruby red as are the gills. Tiny stature, cap is barely an inch across, but probably 5 inches tall, only perhaps an inch of which was above ground level. Pretty sure I didn’t get all the stipe, but I left my knife at home, and was using my fingers to dig it out quickly.


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Photo appears correct for P. pseudofestiva
By: Lorelei Norvell (Lorelei)
2010-03-24 00:28:59 MDT (-0600)

This is Lorelei — And the photos do appear to match an older specimen of Phaeocollybia pseudofestiva. In the photos, those ‘black gills’ are really just very old decomposing ones. The conical glutinous pileus with the green highlights and the reddish upper pseudorhiza also match. Without full microscopy, we cannot be sure, but if this were handed to me, I would identify it as an over-the-hill pseudofestiva. (It would not match the photos in our new Phaeocollybia guide (Phaeocollybia of the Pacific Northwest North America by Norvell & Exeter) because we photographed only young representative specimens.
Dan’s description of the collection locale at the base of Larch Mountain (along the road) matches the area where I collected numerous (also over the hill pseudofestivas) in 1992. P. pseudofestiva is surprisingly rarely collected and will grow intermingled with olivacea and/or fallax, making microscopy a must. It possesses tibiiform and lageniform cheilocystidia with narrow refractive necks.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2010-03-23 18:25:35 MDT (-0600)

I found something kind of similar in Salt Point State Park. I think Alan made an obs for it… Oh yeah, here it is.

So then… P. pseudofestiva, P. olivacea, and P. fallax are out of the running??

Dr. Norvell
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2010-03-23 10:59:14 MDT (-0600)

who spoke on Phaeocollybia to the OMS last night, has not yet seen these photos, so I hesitate to suggest something not in evidence. But she did speak about P. pseudofestiva, which has been found in both California (holotype from Crescent City, CA) and from Saddlebag Mountain, Lincoln Co., OR. This collection (14189) does not appear to match that species in coloration, size, or habitat.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-11-15 03:11:12 MST (-0700)

It reminds of one I know from Scandinavia, Phaeocollybia festiva. The characters are a dark greenish and extremely slimy cap, and gills becoming dark red. This is not it (too pointed cap, and of course a totally different habitat), but looks like something in the festiva complex. I beleive that microscopy is needed for a definite ID.
The Pacific Nortwest has a bunch of endemic species, not likely to be found in any of my books..