When: 2009-03-14

Collection location: Butano State Park, San Mateo Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

Specimen available

peaked cap, widely spaced gills, no odor, reddish staining on cap with age.


spores 100x = 7.5-8 × 4-5 microns

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By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-03-17 12:47:42 CDT (-0400)

C. virgineus was proposed as a possible name, but I am not convinced.

This mushroom had/has NO yellowing on cap or gills. The “reddish” color, which is found only on the cap, is more of a red-orange, NOT the pinkish-vinaceous color (on stipe) noted for members of camarophyllus that get a “reddening disease” (as noted in Hessler and Smith, and as shown in Ron Pastorino’s MO sighting). Gills are widely spaced w/out being intervenous. Cap and stipe dry, cap somewhat pruinose (enlarge photo to see).

Dessicata is further dessicating on my dryer…who wants at it, who also has the library to back them up? That would not be me…