When: 2007-12-24

Collection location: Howarth Park, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Drechsler (debdrex)

No specimen available

Fruiting among deciduous oak, bay. Large for a psathyrella. Pileus 6.8cm across, stipe 1.8cm wide at apex. Total height 7.5cm. Gills were tan, decurrent and wide spaced. Note the orange “hairs” above the annulus. When I pulled away the duff surrounding it, the stipe was covered with white “skin?” that peeled away to reveal solid brown.
Cortinarius definitely a better fit. Arora’s key suggests C. laniger group based on the information I have.
I’ve added a picture of the gills and the pileus (a day later) from the top. I failed to get a focused image of the stipe. Drat.


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Sure it’s not a Cort (or a Telamonia)?
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-12-25 00:34:20 CST (-0600)

I think I’m seeing some typical Cortinarius spore color on the stipe and the little bit of visible gills. It also strikes me as a member of the subgenus Telemonia (which I understand is expected to get raised to the genus level if it hasn’t already happened based on DNA evidence).

By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2007-12-24 23:11:10 CST (-0600)

Do you have any other pictures say of the gills in detail? that looks really interesting!