Collection location: University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]
This specimen keys out (loosely) as Leptonia parva, but it is not a good match.
The color of the pileus is the most similar character, in that it begins blackish blue, and becomes distinctly brown. Largent describes the lamellae as white, although this may be a loose description of the color that I found in this collection – pale cream colored. Quibbling aside, it is more important that they are NOT blue.
The stipe is described by Largent as blue-grey; in these specimens, the stipe was evenly grey with no trace of blue (this is important when the pileus is young and blue-black, thus resembling many other Leptonia).
True cheilocystidia not present.
Note darkish blue-grey pileus at far left, brown (mature) second to left, creamy gills at center, and intermediate blue-grey and brown pileus second to far right.
Pileipellis of long, cylindrical elements reaching (and originating from) different levels – not a palisade-trichodermium as in L. parva.
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