Collection location: Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin Co., California, USA [Click for map]
Another galerina found as part of the last micoblitz. This one does not have a clear annulus on the stipe. But it does have in a few cases a white fibrous zone in the stipe middle, not seen in all. According to Smith and Singer this fibrous zone is remnants of veil tissue, and that in young unopened buttons there should be a veil, and veil remnants on the cap margin. This day it was raining, so there is not much evidence of that.
But this is a galerina with clear and long pleurocystidia. Also the caps have margins which are incurved to the stipe when young. This puts it into the section Naucoriopsis, and the cap is non-viscid, and there isn’t a clear annulus, so that puts it into stirps Cedretorum. But with the fibrous zone, and the long pleurocystidia, that makes this G. badipes. Also this is a 2-spored species. But in the monograph there is some confusion between G. badipes, and G. cedretorum (and its many varients), where the later doesn’t have the fibrous zone, and is a 4-spored species. Although there is the 2-spored varient of G. cedretorum, and the authors admit in the notes, they aren’t sure how to tell the difference. So, thanks…
In anycase, G. badipes has a large variation in the length of the pleurocystidia, and as can be seen in the first micro-shot, the pleurocystidia here are long. This shot is at 400x of a squashed gill in Meltzer’s, and the pleurocystidia are about 75 um long.
The second micro-shot is of spores from the stipe apex in KOH at 1000×. Here the spores are clearly wrinkled, and if you look closely you can see the plage, with a raised rough edge.
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This was found at the Bear trail head? Or something like that, not Mt. Vision. I found some on both sides of the road in the grass, and a little ways down the trail. Also some more was brought into the id tables from somewhere else, and I’ve looked at that too under the scope.
Probably was fairly common that day in the grass, with pine debris, on sides of roads throughout the park. But not noticed by many, since they are like 0.5 – 1.5 cm in diameter in the caps, and about 2 cm tall.
Was it on the Mt. Vision roadside near the cars? If so, I think that I saw it, too (but certainly didn’t get it down to species).