Several cespitose clusters in various stages of maturity fruiting from the bottom sides of a fallen, very decayed log where it meets the ground. Oak and Hickory associates. Largest cap: 9 cm.; gills close and forked, attached to slightly decurrent. Stem: 8 cm. X 8 mm., persistent rusty color from superior ring, yellow flesh, white mycelium at base. Spore print: rusty-orange. Older specimens (last photo) are cracked and shriveled.


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Used references: Lincoff’s Audubon field guide, Miller’s “North American Mushrooms”, MO observations
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You’re welcome, Judi.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2016-01-11 23:29:05 JST (+0900)

I think there are probably other species possibilities besides G. luteus. The yellowish Gymnopilus form a confusing group of species. But the slender stature of these matches luteus.

Also, Pholiota alnicola is similar to these, except the spore print for P. alnicola is rusty brown as opposed to rusty orange. From what I have seen, the orange component in a Gym-print really stands out.

I’m always happy to learn from
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2016-01-11 07:32:53 JST (+0900)

your expertise. Thanks for the help, Dave.

G. junonius (formerly spectabilis)…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2016-01-11 07:27:18 JST (+0900)

has cap usually more orangey, and often with scales or fibrils. Junonius has a spicy (somewhat anise-like) odor.

Thanks for the species, Dave.
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2016-01-11 02:22:40 JST (+0900)

I went back and forth on that one, but did not detect any odor of anise from the specimens I collected. How do you tell those two look-a-likes apart?