When: 2006-09-19

Collection location: Novato, Marin Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: John Kirkpatrick (natashadak)

No specimen available

Any thoughts on what this might be?


Any thoughts on ID?

Proposed Names

28% (1)
Recognized by sight: Sometimes called Cowboy’s Handkerchief. Might be G. glutinosus. Not enough of stipe to tell if there is a yellowish base, which I’d expect to see.
60% (2)
Recognized by sight: As already said, more info about spore colour and the looks of the gills is necessary – but with the copious amount of slime and the scurfy stem, it reminds a lot of Pholiota lenta.

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Wow, what an amazingly viscid pholiota!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-08-22 00:41:35 CST (+0800)

There are bits of spore drop caught upon the stipe; photo is in line with extensive P. lenta images thru google images.

Great ID Irene, this is a new one on me (and I’m forwarding it to my Pholiota Friend back East, just for the cheap thrills of it)!

Gymnopilus or Cortinarius at a guess
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2006-09-20 22:41:17 CST (+0800)

I know there are Cortinarii that get that slimy and I’m pretty sure there are some seriously slimy Gymnopili. Gomphidius gets like that, but I don’t think that’s likely given the coloration. There are a number of white spored groups that get glutinous, but I think this one is brown-spored.

Any memory of the habitat? Gymnopilus tends to favor conifers.

By: John Kirkpatrick (natashadak)
2006-09-20 14:25:21 CST (+0800)

Sorry, what you see is all I’ve got.

Spore color?
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2006-09-20 14:10:19 CST (+0800)

Any idea what the spore color was? Even the color of the gills would help.