When: 2008-03-10

Collection location: Auckland, New Zealand [Click for map]

Who: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)

No specimen available

Cap: 1-3cm diameter. Obtusely conic, sometimes umbonate or with a small papilla. Margin becoming upturned with age, with whitish floccose scales. Light brown to tan becoming almost white when dry, hygrophanous.
Gills: Attachment Adnate to slightly subdecurrent. Light brown mottled grey becoming chocolate brown mottled grey when mature.
Stem: 40-50mm long by 3-6mm thick, equal to slightly enlarged at the base and apex, sometimes with remnants of a cortinate veil about one third down from the apex. Light brown to tan, fibrillose, sometimes showing white mycelium on the lower third.
Spores: Dark purplish brown.
Habit and habitat: Found growing solitary or gregariously in Autumn on rotting tree fern fronds in native bush on the west coast of the north island of New Zealand.

Photos by Inski.


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Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: Dark spores, shaggy fibers on cap, glabrous surface under fibers, hygrophanous.

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By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2011-03-27 05:27:07 CDT (-0400)

I suspect this collection by G.M.Taylor is the same species, I would say it was and still remains an undescribed species.

There is a link to her water colour and description at the bottom of the page.

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2011-03-27 05:14:58 CDT (-0400)

I will certainly come across it again this season and will make some new observations and an in depth microscopic study, I’ll dry some specimens and ask Jan if he will be interested in doing some DNA sequencing, I’m sure he will be interested!

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2011-03-27 04:21:18 CDT (-0400)

Actually, P. asperospora is a Lacrymaria, but I would agree- judging by the gills, this may be a Lacrymaria as well. Though the hygrophanous pileus and thin stature would be odd for that genus, I don’t think it necessarily rules it out.

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2011-03-27 04:17:47 CDT (-0400)

You’re right Erin, I don’t think it is P. asperospora either, the spores are warted as in that species but it definitely looks to be a different species possibly belonging in Lacrymaria.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2011-03-27 03:18:22 CDT (-0400)

Same species as observation 19986, though I don’t really think that either are P. asperospora (clearly a Lacrymaria), as the photos on the landcare and hiddenforest sites show a more robust and not hygrophanous species.

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