Observation 18500: Pholiota (Fr.) P. Kumm.

Among leaf and wood debris, in large to small clusters; CAP 1-3", convex becoming plane to uplifted, brick-reddish-brown when young, aging orangish brownish, squamulose but also viscid; GILLS adnate to slightly decurrent, creamy with brown spores visible clearly at 20x; STIPE squamulose below thick cottony veil.

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-17% (2)
Used references: Tom recognized it, spore colour matches. I think he’s got it.
10% (2)
Recognized by sight: we haven’t come close on this one yet. cool shroom, tho!
28% (1)
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By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-02-24 11:59:52 PST (-0800)

Hmm, well that sounds more promising for Pholiota, but I just can’t think of any species that looks even remotely similar.

Not bruised, spores dark.
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2009-02-24 09:15:38 PST (-0800)

> Are the squamules already reddish brown, or does the stipe discolour when handled or damaged?

Yes, they were already reddish brown, I made no notes of bruising or other change in color. And it’s worth noting that these had dark brown spores.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-02-22 00:27:37 PST (-0800)

Good points, though I doubt Pholiota. Way too pale compared with any Pholiota I have seen, especially the gills.

By: Mycoamaranthus
2009-02-21 22:18:53 PST (-0800)

Phaeocollybia spp. lack a veil, these obviously have one; bases look attenuated from growing clustered, they are not necessarily pseudorhizae; squamulose stipes suggest_Pholiota_.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-02-21 20:51:57 PST (-0800)

“brown spores visible clearly at 20x”

Ahh, good call! I haven’t collected any Phaeocollybia species in such dense clusters like that, but photos online show that it is not uncommon.

what color spores?
By: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
2009-02-21 19:35:25 PST (-0800)

It sure looks like a Phaeocollybia to me. if the spores are brown.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-02-17 02:32:25 PST (-0800)

Are the squamules already reddish brown, or does the stipe discolour when handled or damaged?

Very interesting mushroom.

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