When: 2010-09-28

Collection location: Rowan Co., North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)

No specimen available

Rowan Co., NC

Found alone, growing from soil, next to railroad and mixed but predominately hardwood forest

2.5-3cm broad, convex, umbonate, appears and feels smooth (but there are darker striations that could be small hairs or fibrils), moist, brownish to gray with creamy center, striate margin

White to cream, adnexed, close

15-16cm long, .5cm thick before tapering off into root-like extension, white, smooth, semi-hollow to hollow

Spore print:


Copyright © 2010 St. Chibes
Copyright © 2010 St. Chibes
Copyright © 2010 St. Chibes
Copyright © 2010 St. Chibes
Spores 800x in water
Spores 800x in water
Spores 2000x in water
Cheilo- and Pleuro- cystidia 200x in water
Cheilocystidia 800x in water
Pleurocystidia 800x in water

Proposed Names

47% (4)
Recognized by sight
15% (4)
Recognized by sight: Small size, wrinkled cap
Based on microscopic features: Spores slightly lemon shaped. Check spore size, pleurocystidia, cheilocystidia, pileocystidia and caulocystidia. The plerocystidia is too fat for this species.
64% (4)
Used references: Petersen, Ronald H. and Karen W. Hughes. 2010. The Xerula/Oudemansiella Complex (Agaricales). Nova Hedwigia Beiheft 137. J. Cramer, Stuttgart, Germany. 625p.

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Add Comment
Cheilocystidia and Pleurocystidia added…
By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2011-03-05 20:02:20 CST (-0500)

Check ‘em out if you’d like to…

By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2011-01-30 21:24:45 CST (-0500)

I load all my micrographs into The Gimp, first cropping and then using the Brightness/Contrast control until they look better, then sometimes adjust the color levels, often with curves or auto levels or both. Unsharp mask usually makes them look better as well.

By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2011-01-30 17:01:25 CST (-0500)

I played around with the exposure of the pleurocystidia micro-shots, in Observation (58500), to lighten them up. I liked the outcome.

I can probably go back and edit some of my other micro-shots (as these tend to be darker) to make them a little brighter. And for the blurry ones, I can play around with the sharpness to give a little more clarity. But it might be a little bit before I can get around to doing this. I’ve been real busy lately.

I admit that my observations do have some blurry/not-so-great photos, but I’ll work on my photography and hopefully my future posts will be up to par.

Thanks for pointing this out. I’ll keep this in mind before making future posts.

You know Matt
By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2011-01-29 21:15:17 CST (-0500)

If you have a image editing program even a good free one like Gimp, and a little time you can really improve your image quality to, some times, even better then what you see through the scope with your eyes amazingly.
you can edit the contrast and levels and even sharpen the images a bit to really bring out the shapes more clearly and lighten up some of the darker pictures.

By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2011-01-28 14:49:44 CST (-0500)

Thanks Paul.

Nice microscopy.
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2011-01-28 14:31:00 CST (-0500)
Spores Added…
By: Matt Sherman (Shermanii)
2011-01-28 14:29:13 CST (-0500)

Check ’em out if you like…