When: 2007-09-13

Collection location: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Diane (mcgd)

No specimen available

in a logged over area. Rocky Mountains


Proposed Names

-57% (4)
Recognized by sight
-61% (4)
Recognized by sight: Gill attachment (notched) and caps look right for a Trich. The only Armillaria I know which is ringless is A. tabescens, and this species has adnate to slightly decurrent gills.
41% (3)
Recognized by sight: it has a thin web veil around the cap margin and brown spores. I wouldn’t rule out Hebeloma either.
-54% (4)
Used references: Mushroom Expert. Noah… nice job noticing what seems to be the remnant of a cortina. (I missed it.) Not convinced of the brown spores, though. I have found T. vaccinum here in PA and the presence of a weblike covering on the gills (young specimens) was quite puzzling to me until I
found a description that mentions it…. still would not rule out Hebeloma, as was suggested.

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Okay, Pholiota mixta looks like
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2009-12-03 13:49:05 CST (-0500)

the one. Based upon available internet info, this matches very well. The way the veil gathers around the perimeter of the cap underside seems to be a particular trait. It got my vote. Good call Noah!

I agree Debbie…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2009-12-03 12:25:09 CST (-0500)

If the spores are brown then it can’t be a Trich. But how much evidence do we really have to assert “brown spores?” The dark appearance of the veil remnants may just be on account of the veil material having become bunched up along the cap margin. One thing about this material that does not look like T. vaccinum is that the caps are not at all scaly… But if I recall correctly (must check records at home) I’ve found vaccinum (with remnants of a cortina) and caps that had not yet become scaly. At any rate, Hebeloma is starting to look like a better possibility to me.

can’t be a Trich with those brown spores caught up in the veil remnants…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-12-03 12:06:35 CST (-0500)

Is that a blue base and mycelia that I see, or just an artifact of light?