Observation 18792: Agrocybe Fayod

When: 2009-01-11

Collection location: Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

No specimen available

Kinda cute little guys. Not sure what they are, I think I can get them well enough I get around to putting them under the scope. Viscid cap, cottony veil.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:56:53 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Santa Cruz Fungus Fair, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA’ to ‘Santa Cruz, California, USA’


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Recognized by sight: Not Agrocybe pediades with that shaggy stipe and rather heavey partial veil.

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By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-02-24 14:52:10 CST (-0500)

Point well put. Of the A. pediades I’ve collected, I can’t recall any with such a shaggy margin or stipe, however, this photo from ME shows a pretty fibrous margin in the younger mushrooms (which the ones you collected were not fully mature either):

Yeah, having seen the range of things people label as A. pediades, I tend to think it almost certainly constitutes a species cluster, or a bunch of mushroom we tend to indiscriminately lump as A. pediades for lack of a better name or not going to the microscopic level to key it out.

I was thinking Agrocybe
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-02-24 14:11:39 CST (-0500)

They do look like Agrocybe, what we usually call A. pediades though I haven’t seen with such a woolly veil that hangs from the margin. Or such a shaggy stipe. Of course there are probably a number of species that we are calling A. pediades…

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-02-24 11:54:08 CST (-0500)

Reminds me of Agrocybe pediades, they look pretty small judging by the dead grass attached. If larger, then perhaps A. molesta.