When: 2009-03-31

Collection location: Kaipara harbour, Auckland, New Zealand [Click for map]

Who: Michael W (Michael Wallace)

Specimen available

Found in leaf litter under Dacrycarpus dacrydioides and Leptospermum scoparium in native New Zealand forest.
Mild fragrance, similar to apricots!


Copyright © 2009 Michael
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Copyright © 2009 Michael
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Proposed Names

-27% (3)
Recognized by sight
89% (2)
Recognized by sight
Used references: A Field Companion to Australian Fungi

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Fabulous photos
By: Henry (henry@hjbeker.com)
2018-06-14 09:37:22 BST (+0100)

Fabulous photos Michael. Yes, looks like Hebeloma victoriense. This section of Hebeloma contains a number of species with red brown spores, similar to the spore color of the American Hebeloma sarcophylum. I would love to have some of the material corresponding to these great photos. But rules in NZ are very strict. Ideally, you need to lodge the material in a fungarium (PDD would be good – https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/resources/collections/pdd) and then I can apply for a loan of that material for us to study. Perhaps if you could speak with someone at PDD they could advise.

thanks for the offer, Clive!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2018-06-13 15:04:25 BST (+0100)

I just wrote Henry. Why not just go ahead and dry a nice collection? surely someone will be interested. And then the timing won’t be quite so critical.

I would have loved to have seen this in the fresh flesh myself!

By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2018-06-13 07:01:36 BST (+0100)

Hi Debbie, I am not sure if Michael is still active. If Henry Becker is interested in a collection then he can contact me but it will need to be soon as its the season to find these.

running through your examples today, Michael
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2018-06-03 23:37:49 BST (+0100)

this is a STUNNING Hebeloma! I think that Henry Becker would be really interested in a sample, and he has the funding to run multiple gene sequences, at least seven different ones per sample! He is currently focused on NA, and already finished a major work on Europe. Can Australasia be far behind??!

If you find this again, something to keep in mind. ;)

Glad to see a solution
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-04-07 07:27:20 BST (+0100)

and special thanks to Michael for excellent photos!

By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2009-04-07 06:55:45 BST (+0100)

Thanks Irene and Gerhard,
With a better idea of genus it did not take me long to find the species. This seams to be a southern hemisphere species known from Australia and New Zealand.

Michael thanks for adding your photos to MO its always pleasing to find names to species that have been troubling me for so long.

The smell
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-04-06 10:15:07 BST (+0100)

also points to Hebeloma and concerning the spore print it is not that impossible. We do have a similar spore print in Europe from H. sarcophyllum that grows from the Mediterranean up to my region where I can find it frequently in high summer.
I would agree with Cortinarius or Hebeloma or some extra-European similar genus.

Striking spore colour
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-04-06 07:37:54 BST (+0100)

If not Cortinarius or Agaricus, the spotted gill edge also speaks for Psathyrella or even Hebeloma (with extreme spore colour?), perhaps more likely a non-european/american genus, so the spore shape and other micro characters on this would have been very interesting to see.

Agaricus sp.
By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2009-04-06 06:59:48 BST (+0100)

I will be interested in seeing if any one can suggest a name for this I have been trying to track down a name now for a few years. I have always believed it to be a Cortinarius sp. and can rule out Cortinarius australiensis. Which is a similar sized mushroom and shears the same Leptospermum habitat.