When: 2008-12-18

Collection location: Mendocino, Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ryane Snow (snowmam)

No specimen available


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Recognized by sight: found at the base of a Douglas fir in a mixed conifer forest <1 mile from the ocean; spore print reddish brown; spores smooth and elliptical
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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight

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One problem
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-12-19 04:29:55 CST (-0500)

is that sublateritia is said to grow on hardwoods, otherwise it’s a very good suggestion (reminding of spadicea, but with brick coloured spore print).
But Smith has over 400 species in his monograph “The North American species of Psathyrella” – and there are so many look-alikes..
The description of sublateritia is here, starting on page 239:
One special microcharacter to look for, is the long-necked caulocystidia.

keys out to Psathyrella sublateritia
By: Ryane Snow (snowmam)
2008-12-18 22:03:11 CST (-0500)

This keys out in Mushrooms Demystified under Psathyrella to Psathyrella sublateritia for which I can not find any info about other than the spores are distinctly reddish-tinted, which they are. The cap is up to 9 cm broad. The stipe is as much as 15 cm long and 2 cm thick. I did find a reference to P. sublateritia in Lincoff’s Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. He states that P. sublateritia is possibly a variety of P. conissans, has a brick red spore print and is somewhat larger.