When: 2007-12-01

Collection location: Albion, Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

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There is a section of the Galerina monograph, which are species that intergrade with Cortinarius. I had found these up in Mendocino, and they are the only ones I’ve seen so far that look like both a Galerina and a Cort. at the same time.

So, taking a look at these under the scope. The first micro-shot is of the gill edge in Meltzer’s at 400×. And these have a fertile gill edge, with no cystidia. And it turns out these don’t have cystidia anywhere.

The second micro-shot is of spores at 1000x from the stipe apex. And these spores are warted. Not with a wrinkled surface with a plage. These are cort. spores not Galerina.

The difference between warted and wrinkled is pretty subtle. And I hate to say, well just trust me, and there are probably spores where you won’t be able to tell the difference. It would be good to able to take a better photo, where the difference can be clear. Not sure how to do that.

Anyway, these are really a Cort. which are small and Galerina-like.

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