Observation 162134: Flammulaster Earle

Shown growing in moss, but the moss could be on wood. Don’t know. Gills to widely spaced and waxy for Flammulaster or Leucopholiota or Cystoderma, I think.

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Recognized by sight
47% (2)
Recognized by sight: cap scales seem too pointed for the normally more round-granular Flammulaster or Cystoderma
41% (4)
Recognized by sight: Warty/tooth-like scales, more distant gills

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I see your point, Martin.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-03-28 02:58:51 EDT (-0400)

Looks more like a fibrous ring-zone in the making as opposed to a true annulus.

By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2014-03-27 20:06:55 EDT (-0400)

I think it is a hoot that you think this is a Pholiota. I am not saying it isn’t…., Flammulaster should have a brown spore print, (like Pholiota) and this is growing on wood. And Flammulaster is under Inocybe, and this does not make sense to me either. I will grab it this summer or fall if I can.

Dave – Flammulaster does not have a ring, but the cap does separate from the stipe so I will try to allow a few threads in the ring zone.

Terri – I like the F. muricatus but I probably need older specimens / better pictures to make that jump.

By: Rocky Houghtby
2014-03-27 08:04:19 EDT (-0400)

Like a Pholiota to me. Martin, if you run across these again I would love to have part of the collection!

This one seems enigmatic to me.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-03-27 07:57:48 EDT (-0400)

Apex of stipe is not smooth/white as in L. decorosa. Ring looks too well-developed for Flammulaster. Another name to consider may be Pholiota granulosa. But the scales look too large and the ring too well-developed for this type. Gills look too widely spaced for Cystoderma granulosum. But maybe this genus should be considered. Check out the second photo Mushroom Expert.

Martin, do you know the spore print color?

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