When: 2006-06-11

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

Who: JohnyA (johnyA)

No specimen available

found them growing on some decayed wood ….. deep in a deciduous forest about 3500 ft in the mountains not far from the Great Smoky Mountains. I have ruled out Cantharellus and jack o lantern…. note that the cap was 1.3 to 1.5 inches wide and they were an inch or so in height….


Proposed Names

55% (3)
Recognized by sight: on oak If there was hemlock present then X. campanella
84% (1)
Used references: Aldrovandi et al, 2015: “The Xeromphalina campanella/kauffmanii complex: species delineation and biogeographical patterns of speciation” – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26297781

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X. campanella indistinguishable from X. enigmatica without mating studies or DNA
By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2017-12-14 12:13:24 PST (-0800)

Xeromphalina campanella can be distinguished from X. enigmatica only by mating studies or DNA sequencing. They’re effectively identical in macroscopic features, microscopic features, chemical features, geographic location, and substrate preference.

MORE growing in same area right now
By: JohnyA (johnyA)
2011-08-13 07:11:25 PDT (-0700)

when they get big enough – by end of August… I plan on taking more photos and include some of the gills as well as spore prints….

color is like you see pretty much
By: JohnyA (johnyA)
2011-02-13 10:57:23 PST (-0800)

someone asked if the color was true… as far as I can recollect yes… they were very rich orange color

probably capanella
By: JohnyA (johnyA)
2011-02-11 14:21:47 PST (-0800)

the trees are mostly birch,maple,hemlock,beech, and poplars….

deep in a deciduous forest
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2011-02-11 13:59:16 PST (-0800)

in the notes was the reason I went with X. kauffmanii

colors true?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-02-11 13:15:28 PST (-0800)

if so, it looks more like campanella.

X. kauffmanii should have a more yellow pileus, as well as be fruiting on hardwood, according to Orson Miller in “North American Mushrooms.”

I’m not sure if we get it out here in the west, but I’m pretty sure that I saw both species on my travels east. They are always fun to find.

hemlock are all over that forest
By: JohnyA (johnyA)
2011-02-11 13:03:34 PST (-0800)

there are lots of hemlocks in that area… not sure how close but at least within 30 feet or so of the mushrooms….

Xeromphalina campanella looks correct
By: JohnyA (johnyA)
2011-02-11 09:19:42 PST (-0800)

I looked at a bunch of my other photos that I have and I must say after looking in my mushroom books, I am 90% certain that it indeed is a Xeromphalina

thank you Debbie

can anyone id these ?
By: JohnyA (johnyA)
2011-02-11 08:40:38 PST (-0800)

would love to know what they are….