When: 2010-05-09

Collection location: Harden Flat, Tuolumne Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)

No specimen available

These certainly look like Camarophyllus pratensis but they had a couple of problems. The odor was disagreeable and pungent and the spores were a little too large and more amygdaliform than “elliptical to almost round”. They were ~ 7.3-8.0 X 4.8-6.0 microns.
They were growing in mixed woods, mostly pine.


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Recognized by sight: a light colored pratensis look-alike that has a unpleasant odor and yellowish gills. check the description in Hesler & Smith to see if this matches.

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The description in Hessler and Smith for H. graveolens
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2010-12-28 10:14:03 CST (-0600)

does note the larger ellipsoid spores (7-9 X 4.5-5.5 microns) and the "sickening " odor. The cap color however is described as “pinkish cinnamon” to “pale pinkish buff” to pale “alutaceus”(buff leather). However, it looks like only one collection was studied….from the Mt. Hood area in Oregon.

Light color
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2010-05-15 00:02:22 CDT (-0500)

Looks very pale….