Habitat: Deciduous forest with scattered conifers. Found in Madison, Wisconsin. A damp environment with the beginning growth of ephemerals and mosses.
Substrate: Seen growing on decaying deciduous tree stump. Found at base, leaves needed to be cleared to see entire structure.
Location: Bill’s Woods, UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Special_Features: Small pores are seen on the underside of the cap and are even more evident when seen under the microscope. The fungi’s reddish-brown spores can be seen within the individual pores.
Other: The cap is very solid and when dry it has a monotone light grey color. When wet it is still solid but the cap gains darker shades of grey, black, and grey.


Dry sample from top view with scale.
The mushroom sample is taken from a decaying tree stump and was part of this larger sample.
Dry sample bottom view.
Pores are seen under the microscope with reddish-brown spores.
Mushroom after being soaked in water.

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Recognized by sight: See images
Used references: Mushrooms of the Midwest
Based on microscopic features: Pores and Reddish-brown spores

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