Observation 14273: Lepista (Fr.) W.G. Sm.

When: 2008-11-08

Collection location: Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: James V. Gallagher IV (lbjvg)

No specimen available

Found on the ground next to my driveway, buried under leaves. It has a Armillarioid stature. Spore print is light cream/buff.


Stereomicrscopic view of the gill edges.

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Recognized by sight: Looks very pale for Lepista nuda.. is glaucocana a possibility?

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Irenea, you are right, it is ringless
By: James V. Gallagher IV (lbjvg)
2008-11-17 18:51:31 CST (-0500)

Well that really fooled me. Another nuance of mushroom morphology that I’ll remember to think of from now on. Thanks for spelling that out for me. I really BLEWIT.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-11-17 08:56:45 CST (-0500)

1. This is ringless (just with a cracked surface of the stem)
2. The spore colour of these Lepistas isn’t often pure rosy pink, rather beige with a pinkish hue
3. The colour of the flesh indicates a pale Lepista nuda (or if you prefer, Clitocybe nuda)
4. The pictured spores are perfect Lepista-spores,
compare with these:

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Something else…
By: James V. Gallagher IV (lbjvg)
2008-11-16 17:46:11 CST (-0500)

It has an annulus and the spore print is definitely not pinkish so I don’t think Lepista is it. According to “How to identify Mushrooms to Genus VI: Modern Genera” Largent, DL. Barroni TJ. The possibilities include Amamita (If somehow the volva is missing), Armillaria (if the gill edges are not serrate), Armillariella (but it is not cespitose and lacks black rhizomorphs), Calocybe(?), Catathelasma (but the stipe is not rootlike), Cystoderma (the stipe doesn’t seem granular), Hygrophorus (the lamellae don’t seem waxy), Lentinus (serrate gills?), Leucocortinarius (?European, I don’t see a cortina), Oudemansiella (not pallid, not rooting stipe), Squamanita (lacks scales), Tricholoma – some species with a distinct ring – possible.