Observation 164976: Laccaria Berk. & Broome

Three small groups of fungi found in semi open forest floor soil. One specimen had an enlarged stipe and is shown. All other stipes had fibrous extensios standing out from the main body of the stipes. Gills were loose wide and open. Caps were slightly sticky with small amounts of debris attached.



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Hi Ian
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2014-05-11 00:47:35 CEST (+0200)

Laccaria in eastern North America has purplish waxy gills and a tough, woody looking stipe that is often scurfy – just like yours. In fact I find those two characters in combination to be the best identifier. The gills are always interesting and in some, as with the one you photographed here, the cap looks hygrophanous – that is, it changes color with the amount of moisture in it. The radial striations on the cap aren’t common, but they occur here too.

Here is our typical large form: look at photo #5

Here, the more diminutive one: check the stipe in photo #1


Martin, I think you are close with the ID. What is your opinion about the stipe. I cant see the same make-up in other supporting images, although the example from Byrain is getting close.? kk

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