When: 2008-01-09

Collection location: Clinton, Whidbey Island, Island Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Sam Linse (BearwoodSam)

No specimen available

Found in small groups in mature mixed coniferous second growth forest of Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock.
Cap is orange brown, probably slimy, but it was raining too. Very small caps, about 1.5cm in diameter.
Gills are probably white, but as you can see there is still a cortina in place. I will go back and check on them to make sure. Gills faded brown with age. Spore print is mocha brown.
Stem is also white with flecks on it.

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By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-01-22 05:08:06 CST (-0600)

“why Psathyrella?”
All the distinguishing characteristics you just described are consistent with Psathyrella. :)
Check out these links:

change to Psathyrella
By: Sam Linse (BearwoodSam)
2008-01-21 22:15:39 CST (-0600)

I’m changing this from galerina to Psathyrella as most commenters have steered me in that direction. I’ve not much to go on though, why Psathyrella? The most distinguishing parts of this fungus are striate cinnamon brown cap that fades to tawny brown, no more than 6.5cm in diameter. Spore print is mocha brown, same color as the mature gills which are very free and wide, nearly 5/6th of the cap thickness. Stem is at first whitish and now faded to a light shiny tan. Growth on wood, either coniferous or red alder. No sign of a ring.

By: Luke Bayler (Matango)
2008-01-20 04:17:32 CST (-0600)

I am late to the thread, but I also think that this is in Psathyrella.

This reminds me of the P. hydrophila, here is a link to my notes on the species: http://bridletrails.fungabase.org/view/Collection/1018

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-01-16 18:48:28 CST (-0600)

Psathyrella very often have cobweb like partial veils.

I don’t think any species of Pholiota. Again, the gill attachment is wrong, and most obviously, the stipe here look brittle, not fibrous and opaque as one would expect of Pholiota. Here are some photos of Ph. lenta:

Pholiota lenta
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2008-01-16 16:58:50 CST (-0600)

Reminds me of Pholiota lenta! Try the PNKC key for Pholiota and see if it makes a match.

good info, some feedback
By: Sam Linse (BearwoodSam)
2008-01-16 16:36:15 CST (-0600)

thanks for all the info. I do have some feedback on your questions. I will get a spore print if I can. But the color is very near the actual on them. In person, the veil was looking fibrous, and I originally thought it was a cort. Final cap size is no more than 5cm. Hope that helps.

I agree, not Galerina
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-01-16 15:26:53 CST (-0600)

I don’t think Galerina either, also the veil seems wrong for that, Galerina will have a cortina-like fiberous veil, this one looks more membranous. Psathyrella is an interesting choice, but there is also maybe Conocybe, and the mysterious Pholiotina. But it would good to get a spore color on this.

(Also it looks way too big for a Galerina, maybe not in the first photos, but in the later photos.)

By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2008-01-16 14:37:33 CST (-0600)

Probably Psathyrella. It would help to know the spore print color.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-01-16 14:34:29 CST (-0600)

I disagree with Galerina. The gills are all wrong- both in attachment and colour.
These are almost certainly Psathyrella. The cameras flash is probably making them appear more orange than usual.

I’m thinking Galerina
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-01-09 17:32:19 CST (-0600)

Looks small and the veil is wrong for Cortinarius. It also looks like it’s growing on wood which would eliminate Cortinarius as far as I know.