Observation 47613: Heimiomyces Singer

When: 2010-05-30

Collection location: Kalatope wildlife Sanctuary, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India [Click for map]

Who: Alok Mahendroo (alok)

No specimen available

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Proposed Names

13% (3)
Recognized by sight: with a velvety stalk and intervenose gills I would be inclined to call it a Xeromphalina. the closest looking species we have in NA is Xeromphalina tenuipes
48% (2)
Recognized by sight: Is there perhaps a chance that this species is also in India? Perhaps a slim chance, however this looks like a very good match for X. tenuipes; if the location was US I would definitely call it that.
84% (1)
Recognized by sight

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welcome to MO, Alok…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-06-27 10:52:30 EDT (-0400)

we love to see fungi from different parts of the world! Very nice job capturing the macroscopic details of this mushroom in the second photo.

Sending photos of all of the aspects of your local fungi (when the mushrooms are a bit more sizeable, slicing them in half and photographing the context or inner flesh can also be useful in ID) will help in our long-distance identifications. Taking a spore print of the fresh mushroom can also be critical (see mushroomexpert.com for how to do it), but won’t work for all fungi (like your little birds nest/nidulariacea).

Also, odor and taste can be important in ID. Take notes when you pick fresh material. BTW, any mushroom can be tasted…just nibble a tiny bit of a cap, chew and spit! Sometimes it takes a few months (or years) before you feel comfortable with the taste test, though…

Size, habit (on wood or on the ground) and associated plants are also important. You are off to a fine start, and we look forward to seeing more of your sightings!

Debbie Viess
California, USA

physical specifications
By: Alok Mahendroo (alok)
2010-06-27 08:17:31 EDT (-0400)

cap dia 2.5 cms; height 6 cms

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2010-06-26 20:13:11 EDT (-0400)

I accidentally changed the name when I was trying to add a new one. Sorry, I will try to correct this mistake..

Follow up
By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2010-06-26 19:35:40 EDT (-0400)

It looks like X. tenuipes is pretty widespread, however on the NY Botanical Garden site they cite Horak saying that there are distinct “microspecies” (sub-species?) within an X. tenuipes-like complex or cluster, which spans multiple continents including India.

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