Code: Bot_761/2013_DSC8668

Habitat: under Picea abies growing on an abandoned pasture already partly overgrown with individual trees, locally flat terrain, calcareous ground, in full shade, partly protected from direct rain by tree canopy, average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 7-9 C, elevation 600 m (1.950 feet), alpine phytogeographical region.

Substratum: fallen off needles of Picea abies in moos layer.

Place: Lower Trenta valley, between villages Soča and Trenta, southeast of ‘Na melu’ place, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia EC.

Comments: This is a common species in Trenta valley. When the time, temperature and humidity are appropriate these tiny mushrooms sometimes explode in an unimaginable number. Hundreds upon hundreds grow almost under every Picea abies tree in the mixed forest. Pity, they are not larger and edible ;-)

Growing in a large group under the canopy of a large Picea abies tree. Pilei diameter from 5 to 8 (10) mm; stipe thin, about 0.6 mm in diameter and max 3 cm tall; SP abundant, whitish-crème, oac900. Measured spores seem too large when compared to data from literature, however, even the literature written by prominent authors states surprisingly different dimensions.

Nikon D700/Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8

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85% (1)
Recognized by sight: Growing on Picea abies needles.
Used references: (1) S. Buczacki, Collins Fungi Guide, Collins (2012), p 198.
(2) R.M. Daehncke, 1200 Pilze in Farbfotos, AT Verlag (2009), p 330.
(3) G.J. Krieglsteiner (Hrsg.), Die Grosspilze Baden-Württembergs, Band 3. Ulmer (2001), p 334.
(4) R. Lueder, Grundkurs Pilzbestimmung, Quelle & Meyer (2008), p 232.
(5) M.Bon, Parey’s Buch der Pilze, Kosmos (2005), p 176.
Based on microscopic features: Spores smooth. Measured dimensions: 7,9 [9 ; 9,3] 10,3 × 2,6 [3,9 ; 4,4] 5,7 microns, Q = 1,8 [2,2 ; 2,3] 2,7; N = 41; C = 95%. Me = 9.1 × 4.2 microns; Qe = 2,2. Olympus CH20 NEA 100x/1.25, magnification 1.000 x, oil, in water, congo red. AmScope MA500 digital camera.
Based on chemical features: Smell unpleasant, taste mild, specific but I don’t know on what.

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