Observation 15569: Lepista (Fr.) W.G. Sm.

When: 2008-12-20

Collection location: Marble Mountain Ranch, Siskiyou Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: John Harlan (harlanx6)

No specimen available

Notes:
This is an isolated mushroom growing in a grassy area well within the drip line of a Catalpa tree (and there are not many of those up here) and approximatly 30’ from the dripline of a huge old growth madrone. Nothing else is in proximaty. We have recently had some hard frosts, down to the upper teens, and quite a bit of snow, but since this is only about 1000’ elevation the snow generally melts within a couple of days. This mushroom has an odor that I would have to call seminal. I’m not that good with odors, but I can smell this one.

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A bit old actually
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-12-21 05:03:31 CST (-0500)

and I wouldn’t pay too much attention to the odor on a mushroom in that stage. A young and fresh one was probably more pleasant. It looks like some kind of Lepista. Did you get a spore print?