Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]
Growing from cracks in a rotting stump in Zone 12. Though maple and balsam fir are visible in the image, the stump is likely pine. The area has white pine, jack pine, and quaking aspen as well, and possibly birch and sproutlings of oak, though no large oak trees.
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The stipe and habitat are promising, but the gills look really white; might be ok, but not the pink that would make me think “Oh yeah Pluteus”. The cap surface looks distinctly non-Pluteus.
Looking forward to some decent specimen shots Twizzler!
velvety cap and simply a reminding of certain European species, also the gills and the stipe remind of Pluteus and the growing on wood.