When: 2008-02-12

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

Who: Sam Linse (BearwoodSam)

No specimen available

Found on ground in small groups in mature mixed coniferous second growth forest of Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock.
Very small this one is. The largest cap is just a centimeter if that. Buff gray color all over.
Gills are running down the stipe a bit, and are widely spaced considering the small cap. Waiting for spore print, but asssuming it will be white or gray.
Stem is sturdy for it’s size, no veil, ring or cortina visible.
Any ideas?


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Used references: Mushrooms Demystified, Mushroom Observer

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By: Sam Linse (BearwoodSam)
2008-02-13 08:34:46 PST (-0800)

Checked the sporing cap for odor and there was none to speak of. Spore print appears to be whitish, will wait for more to fall. Further reading about Clitocybe species in Mushrooms Demystified let me to a very good possibility, Clitocybe sclerotoidea. There are pines in the area and there are a lot of Helvella lacunosa, so many that we called the area Elfin Saddle Way this fall. Also in the third picture you can see some of the sclerotium under the duff, same as shows in other pictures I took the same day. I will go back to dig another bunch to make sure. Comments?

no distinctive odor
By: Sam Linse (BearwoodSam)
2008-02-12 14:35:00 PST (-0800)

that I remember that is… I will check again from the cap which is printing spores…

By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-02-12 14:20:58 PST (-0800)