Found these with Joe Cohen on a very rainy day, when we and all mushrooms collected were soaked, and no in situ photos were possible.

M. maculata here is atypical—small and non-fasciculate, but apparently this is not so rare, especially in the Eastern states (A H Smith). The mushrooms were growing on a conifer log, with bark. Cap cuticle peels off in segments, odor spermatic when crushed, taste none (or the bite I took was too small). Microscopy is all OK for the species. Small spore size eliminates M. galericulata.

Species Lists


Spores in Melzer’s. 6.5 – 8 × 3.5 – 4.5.
Cheilocystidia 25-40 × 7-11, forming a band, ‘fingers’ 8×1. Basidia 4-spored. No pleurocystidia.
Pileipellis, gelatinized.
Pileipellis, after repeated spreading out.
Cortical layer of the stipe, terminal cells.

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