Observation 69662: Gymnopus (Pers.) Roussel

When: 2011-06-19

Collection location: Strouds Run State Park, Athens, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

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These were found under mixed hardwoods on a high flat ridge top. I don’t recall seeing a mushroom like this before.



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Just some thoughts..
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-06-23 01:55:22 CDT (-0500)

I beleive that Alan could have been on the right track after all. As Kaleb points out, it’s probably not Flammulina velutipes, because the season is out for that one. That’s why I never came to think of Flammulina in the first place…

But there are other Flammulina species that occur during summer. In my keys I have Flammulina fennae, which fits perfectly with the spore shape, season and growth habit (fasciculate and slightly rooting). The only thing that speaks against it, is the dark reddish cap colour. It should be white, or very pale yellowish/buff in fennae.
I’m sure that you have some other Flammulina species in your area too.

But Gymnopus is still an option, of course.

I don’t think it could be…
By: Kaleb (Wire5)
2011-06-22 21:55:38 CDT (-0500)

Flammulina velutipes because the season for these (according to mushroom expert.com) is Fall through spring. Meaning this would be a cold lover….

Irene keeping me honest
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-06-22 21:43:37 CDT (-0500)


The spores are roundish, as compared to Rhodocybe spores, but they are clearly not round.

By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-06-21 11:16:56 CDT (-0500)

I’ll try to get some micro shots up today.

Strange one
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-06-21 01:36:50 CDT (-0500)

In the added pictures the stem structure and gill attachment also remind of Gymnopus – but none that I know has round spores, they look like more or less elongated drops..

White round spores
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2011-06-20 17:20:14 CDT (-0500)

The spore print came out white, and the spores are smooth, colorless, and round. I think that points away from Rhodocybe and towards Hygrocybe. These remind me a bit of Hygrocybe subovina, though the color is way different.

Could it be
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-06-20 01:42:14 CDT (-0500)

Rhodocybe nitellina (possibly Clitopilus now)?

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