When: 2009-08-01

Collection location: Howell Co., Missouri, USA [Click for map]

Who: nobo hobo

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Agree with Pluteus
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-08-11 00:37:36 CDT (-0400)

but I’m wondering if this is a pale-capped variant. Not mentioned in Mushrooms Demystified. After checking other P. cervinus on M.O., found only one other observation that looked similar to yours: 10226 from Clifton Park, NY. Aurora states that P. cervinus can have pink gills in extreme old-age, but your specimen doesn’t look old at all to me. Please collect more for voucher collection!

the gills…
By: nobo hobo
2009-08-10 21:10:37 CDT (-0400)

are indeed a pinkish color thats one of the reasons I thought P. cervinus.

Photos seem to show
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-08-03 01:23:28 CDT (-0400)

pileus a soft gray color, with pinkish highlights. Is that correct or optical delusion? Pluteus cervinus nearly always in my area is much more brown, frequently (but not always!) with wrinkles near the cap apex, and typically a secondary decomposer. I have seen it frequently on spent shiitake logs after the shiitake has stopped fruiting. I have also seen it fruiting inside larger stumps where nearly the entire center has been degraded away, but not an outer ring of still well-degraded wood. Usually the wood is so well decomposed that unless you cut the tree yourself, you can’t tell what kind of tree it was. The wood the mushroom is fruiting from seems much fresh to grow Pluteus.

You know more…
By: nobo hobo
2009-08-02 23:11:23 CDT (-0400)

than I do probably. Although I have also found this species on well rotted wood in the same woods.

Very pale
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-08-02 15:34:42 CDT (-0400)

for P. cervinus in my experience. Also problematic is that, at least in my area, P. cervinus is a secondary wood decomposer. I frequently find it fruiting inside well-rotted stumps or hollowed logs. Both sporocarps seem to be fruiting very near the cambium layer (just under the bark), which is always the first place a mushroom colonizes fresh wood. Thought immediately of Volvariella, but see no hairs on the pileus, and volva, if present, is mostly worn away. There are some small scales at the stipe base, something that also troubles me. Could this be Pluteus pellitus?