Observation 21072: Psathyrella (Fr.) Quél.

This fungi was approx 100mm in height. It was growing from the forest floor.
The Cap and stipe were dry. The cap was about 20mm across. This was a single specimen and when I peeled the cap back from the stipe there was no indication of any moisture. The stipe when split was fibrous and there was no bruising effect when the fungi was handled.
The substrate (forest floor) appeared to consist mainly of leaf litter and twigs with decaying small pieces of timber. The root system was rather large (for any fungi), and extended outwards for about 4cm. Although the fungi was not attached to any wood, I feel that its attempt to do so was the reason for the long strands of root which were close to, but under, the surface of the patrially sandy type soil.
. One small section of a round piece of timber seemed to be enveloped in the root system. The last image shows the root system. The area was remarkably dry, (for this usually very wet area,)and the specimen was in shade. Later in the day and near this area I found three more specimens in close surroundings, and they were attached to decaying small sections of woody material.
These specimens caps were more open and flat,(I think more mature,) but I considered them to be the same as the fungi shown. Also there was the same dry cap and stipe conditions on these fungi that I found with the original (21072)and they too were in continuous shade also.


Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia

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Psathyrella sp.

CureCat, Thanks for the input. I do have a problem with this naming, but you can help me out please. My records state that these fungi grow in dense caespitose colonies.
Also in my reference the term, “Weeping Mary” is used in conjunction with (Psathyrella sp.). All the specimens I observed like (21072)were dry, and the largest colony existed of three fungi. I also thought the cap shape was significantly different to Psathyrella sp. I have seen these before, and always passed them by because no matter what stage of growth they were in, they always looked “dried out” or an old fungi. When I found the three specimens later I realised that this dried out look may be the norm.

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