Observation 6295: Psathyrella spadicea group

When: 2008-02-03

Collection location: Salt Point State Park, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

Specimen available

Same critter that I collected last week, but in better shape. In same locale, too. Again, fruiting at the base of a tree.


Psath spore drop; note hygrophanous cap; same mushroom as in prior shot.

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By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-02-05 11:19:09 PST (-0800)

Yeah, these do look Pluteus like, with the pinkish gills. But having seen the first collection, and knowing how chocolate brown the gills turn, the pink gills seem consistent with a younger collection.
Kinda like how Agaricus start out with pink gills that turn dark brown.
Really great to have a habitat shot this time!!

It’s a psath.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-02-05 07:44:46 PST (-0800)

The gills can look pretty pink in youth, but in truth those spores are dark chocolate brown. I have an excellant collection, and they are on the dryer. They are yours for the asking, Erin. I am curious about this guy, maybe you and your fellow taxo folks can put a name to it!

Any chance it’s a Pluteus?
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-02-05 06:35:50 PST (-0800)

Those gills look pretty pink to me. Of course the spore color will easily separate the two (dark brown or black for Psathyrella, pink for Pluteus).

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-02-05 02:42:08 PST (-0800)

Oh cool! Save them too! I am working on collecting some of the odd ball Psathyrella, and plan to work with them in the future. I still have the one from the fair.

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