Observation 5313: Galerina Earle

When: 2007-12-01

Collection location: Cabin Cove, Haywood Co., North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: Jason Hollinger (jason)

No specimen available

small mushroom, quite a few gregariously grouped, in moss and pine debris in opening in pine forest
ST: 20-40×1-1.5mm, pale orangish brownish, translucent, shiny, hollow, min whitish fibrillose, fibrous, bending fairly easily but only splitting not breaking
CAP: conic, rich beautiful orangish brown, striate, 5-10mm wide, smooth, dull, hygrophanous (fading to pale buff)
VEIL: none
GILL: att, rich cinnamon-yellow, avg spacing, unbramched, clean, even
SPORE: failed to get print

I normally stay away from Mycena but this and the next one were so beautiful and the crisp mountain air so invigorating this morning that I couldn’t resist. As expected, I failed to find any matches in Demystified.

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By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2007-12-04 04:07:49 PST (-0800)

Of course! That explains the brown gills. Had I had time to get a spore print, like you, I would’ve nixed Mycena immediately. Funny story on obv #4485. Thanks for catching this.

Galerina sp.
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2007-12-03 21:46:26 PST (-0800)

Take a look at observation number 4485 and 4908, there are some photos there to give you a good idea. I’m not saying this is G. tibiicystis, for that we need to look at the cheilocystidia, along with spore size and roughness. Although the habitat is correct, in the ground in deep moss.

There are a bunch of Galerina that look like this.