Observation 63891: Pluteus cervinus (Schaeff.) P. Kumm.

Okay, here’s the fourth P. cervinus which we found on a birch log on Bolshoi Chukhtinsky island in Yugra, a large Siberian province. The island is a remote piece of solid land rising above the 30 km wide floodlands of the Ob river.

The forest there is almost in its primeval state – it’s mostly Pinus sibirica (the island is a protected natural reserve of this tree), also Abies sibirica, Picea obovata, Betula pendula and Populus tremula. The vegetation is very typical for the region, and so is this Pluteus – and it’s a very average-looking specimen. It’s much darker than P. cervinus here, its cap is way more shiny and fibrillose, and the stipe is covered with large, contrasting black squamules (ours only have appressed, pallid bundles of fibrils or just fine brownish tomentum at the base of the stipe which gives it a cocoa-powdered look – see observation 63844.

I haven’t examined it microscopically yet.

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