When: 2009-08-15

Collection location: Wayne National Forest, Athens Co., Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

I have been searching for this mushroom for ten years. I found them today, growing from leaf litter under hardwoods. These three tiny specimens were growing in the middle of a patch of boring little psathyrellas. I almost did not stop for a closer look. Glad I did.

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By: vjp
2011-10-05 19:08:13 CDT (-0400)

are a small mushroom and the size fits imo.

Heres a picture of them growing from leaf litter (not very good)

Look at the penny
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-10-05 18:59:04 CDT (-0400)

They are really small.

I have
By: vjp
2011-10-05 18:56:48 CDT (-0400)

found caerulipes growing from leaf litter and they can bruise instantly or take a couple hours. I think it depends on nutrients and temperature.

What was the size?

No wood
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-10-05 18:43:48 CDT (-0400)

I suspect that this is not P. caerulipes, because P. caerulipes is reported to grow from wood. These are growing from leaf litter, not wood. They are also smallish for P. caerulipes, and they quickly bruise blue, not slowly as reported for P. caerulipes.

I do not have specimens from this observation, but the ones seen below were found in the same general area and are probably the same.


I have nine specimens from this latter collection. I’ll send a specimen to anybody who promises to sequence it and post the results here at mushroomobserver.org

By: vjp
2011-10-05 18:32:48 CDT (-0400)

not caerulipes?

Quite small
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-10-05 18:21:02 CDT (-0400)

Mushrooms like this are not really hallucinogenic. The bluing reaction suggests that they are potent, but they are so small that you would need dozens of them to feel even threshold effects. They are extremely rare, and really small.

By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2011-02-22 00:05:52 CST (-0500)

Whoa! Those are small!
Neat Find!

By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2009-08-16 00:53:46 CDT (-0400)

Excellent find. Interesting umbo on some of those, it is supposed to be slight according to the description.