Collection location: Thoiry, France [Click for map]
Found under spruce.
Viscid on top, not on the stipe. Nice bulbous base.
The id was made with the nice dark green cap, which seems to be able to make the id in this case fairly well.
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I just saw that I made that comment as I had forgotten about it — indeed, the following couple of days — Oct 5,6,7 I robbed the European Cortinarius Treasury — unseen fairy rings with Phlegmacia of all kinds…D.
Debbie is right — jealous indeed. Tomorrow I am going to the Picea abies zone to see what I will see. I do not have my references with me, but there was something about a synonymy of the members of that group in a rather broad sense. Anyway, nice collection.D.
are found near sea level in many parts of the world (in my own area in NE North America, Abies balsamea) and many of them resemble spruce (look for flat, rather than round, arrangements of needles on a twig, and for the needles to be flat rather than round or square in cross-section, to spot the firs; very short dark green needles with a white stripe on one side are neither, they’re typically hemlock; you can also look at the bark, rough typical for spruce, smooth typical for fir and A. balsamea has little horizontal blister like smooth bumps, which contain resin).
I’ll check the spot again next week, but I don’t think there was any fir around, it is pretty much a spot with all spruce. It isn’t all the high up around here, but I’m not sure how things work in the Alps here yet. Back in Cali, you don’t see fir until you are pretty high up in altitude.
Is there a better option with spruce?
somewhere, Dimi is jealous…;)
C.atrovirens exclusively grows with Abies alba if it is not conspecific with C. ionochlorus which fruits with hardwoods like oak.