When: 2009-07-09

Collection location: Edgewood Blue, Wells Gray region, British Columbia, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Jason Hollinger (jason)

Specimen available

Found these growing next to xxx on/binding conifer needles of mixed forest. Spore print pure white. I have a specimen and can do microscopy if this observation interests anyone.

Further observations: Pileipellis is a cutis. Cheilocystidia present (see photos). Spores elliptical, roughened, about 5.5 × 3.5 µm. All of gill tissue turns bright green in KOH, especially cheilocystidia.


Cheilocystidia, in KOH, at 1000×.
Spore collage, in KOH, at 1000×.

Proposed Names

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Used references: SVIMS key: http://www.svims.ca/council/Gymnop.htm#n17a
Based on chemical features: Gill trama and cheilocystidia turn bright green in KOH.

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Looks like Gymnopus alkalivirens or close to it…
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2009-07-19 03:14:01 CDT (-0400)

See updated notes. Found an interesting discussion under observation 20693. Keyed it out using the SVIMS collybioid key: http://www.svims.ca/council/Gymnop.htm#n17a. Pretty close to G. alkalivirens (spore length:width ratio is a bit off, and they say the spores should be smooth in strong K, which mine aren’t).

I think it is Gymnopus
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-07-18 21:14:25 CDT (-0400)
cool shrooms
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-07-18 20:19:46 CDT (-0400)

They look a bit like Gymnopus, but the colors are very dark. I’d also like to see what the scope can tell us.

I’m curious…scope it up!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-07-18 19:41:50 CDT (-0400)