Notes:
These came into the id table at the Santa Cruz fungus fair, and they were pretty confusing at the time. The caps are brick-red, and the gills bright white, with serate edges. We got to the fact that they are Rhodocollybia, but that was about it.

Later, poking around Mykoweb, there was a discription of this species R. badiialba, and some photos, and that suggested this id.

I believe I dried these and kept them.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:56:51 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Santa Cruz Fungus Fair, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA’ to ‘Santa Cruz, California, USA’

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Check the spores!
By: Michael Wood (mykoweb)
2008-02-15 19:23:38 CST (-0600)

The overall appearance, especially the gill edges, leads me to R. badiialaba. But check the spores, all of the local similar species that I know have elliptical spores. R. badiiabla has globose (or sub-globose) spores!