When: 2006-10-11

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

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

No specimen available

Ok, these are not from Stanford Campus, but from the general area, so maybe close enough. I didn’t find these, and don’t know where they come from, they were brought into the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair setup, and kinda confused people for a little while. But they are well described in Arora, and he has a note about these with the green tones. I think from other places these are more just orange and tan, but ones in this region have these olive green colors. The orangish beads at the top of the stipe are also described in Arora.

The night was too busy with mushroom sorting, so I wasn’t able to setup for photos. But these were so unique, and I hadn’t seen them before, that I had to get a shot off. I was able to white balance on the paper plate, which was white enough, so the colors turned out pretty well here.

Well, went back to the Fungus Fair on Sunday, Jan. 14th, to help man the ID table, and sat there for 6 hours behind a sign saying “Ask me about Mushrooms”. Talking a lot about mushrooms once things got going around 11am, I hope I made some sort of sense at least once in awhile…

Anyway, nearby was the Tricholoma table, and these mushrooms were out there, labelled in their own basket. But the neat thing about them by this point, was that the green had faded quite a bit. At this point you would say these were orangish mushrooms with hints of green, where on Wed. here you would say these are greenish mushrooms with hints of orange. It seems that the amount of green in the mushroom depends on how fresh and moist they are.

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