Observation 32854: Melanoleuca Pat.

When: 2009-07-26

Collection location: Blacksburg, Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Mark Prosser (mark prosser)

No specimen available

Found in a mixed forest in southwest Virginia near Blacksburg, Virginia. I’m hoping that the nature of the gill attachment and their extreme closeness will suggest some direction for identification. While these appeared to be emerging from the ground, its certainly possible that they are saprobic.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:58:38 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A.’ to ‘Blacksburg, Virginia, USA’


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Recognized by sight: the close attached gills the slight umbo
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By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2010-02-10 21:46:17 CST (-0500)

forget I said that… I agree with you, it looks like a Melanoleuca

By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2010-02-09 00:07:55 CST (-0500)

What makes this a Clitocybe as opposed to Melanoleuca?

Thanks Eddee
By: Mark Prosser (mark prosser)
2010-02-08 23:04:29 CST (-0500)

Unfortunately, I didn’t do a spore print, but I appreciate your impression of Melanoleuca. I’m new to studying fungi primarily enjoying macro photography over this past year. However, I believe it has a firm hold on me and hopefully I’ll be able to find a reasonable microscope that will help me progress in my identification skills and enjoyment. Thanks again, Mark Prosser

got your message
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2010-02-08 20:55:31 CST (-0500)

My first thought is Melanoleuca. I have found similar ones in the past that I have Keyed out as such. The ones I have found had a darker brown umbo though Did you do a spore print? It should be white. This fits the Characteristics of this species. The stalk looks striated with fibers.

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