When: 2018-05-13

Collection location: Batavia Township Sports Complex, Batavia, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Crystal (Squirrelgirl)

Specimen available

Spore print added to observation 3/17/18. Taste was bitter.



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Recognized by sight: Does not quite look like Hypholoma – the cap texture, and brown spores on the stem without purple tones. I wonder if it’s closer to Pholiota spumosa.

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By: Crystal (Squirrelgirl)
2018-05-23 23:17:00 NZST (+1200)

Thank you for the information, Alan! I’ll check it out.

By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2018-05-23 04:39:11 NZST (+1200)

Yes, both Hypholoma and Pholiota have ellipsoid spores with an apical germ pore. The color is different though – Now that you added the spore print I can see they are definitely Hypholoma purple rather than the duller shade mycologists call Pholiota brown.

You can get a stage micrometer really inexpensively these days – 10 years ago they were $100 to $300, but now there are several on the market for $10. This one is good and is as accurate as the $300 Ziess ones (I compared them side by side), but wash it gently and without using solvents like alcohol because that can start to flake off the ink.


By: Crystal (Squirrelgirl)
2018-05-18 15:04:18 NZST (+1200)

I cannot measure the spores, but I could put them under a microscope. However, it appears that both Hypholoma fasciculare and Pholiota spumosa are ellipticle, correct?

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