Observation 77010: Chlorophyllum molybdites (G. Mey.: Fr.) Massee

When: 2011-09-20

Collection location: Denair, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Justin Pierce (Mycopath)

No specimen available

2 found fruiting on the edge of a lawn/driveway, a foot apart in somewhat sandy soil
temperature was somewhere in the 90’s
didn’t manage to get the spore color to see if it looked greenish , none were open
slightly umbonate , surface dry
scales flat or curled
breaking up in to light brown to brown or pinkish-brown scales on a white background
not staining when bruised or Bruising slowly reddish or occasionally orange in the stalk


Copyright © 2011 Justin Pierce
Copyright © 2011 Justin pierce
Copyright © 2011 Justin pierce

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green-gray is the exact spore color that you would expect…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-09-27 14:47:05 CDT (-0400)

from C. molybdites. Looks like you got your answer, despite those spores never officially dropping.

my pointless update:
By: Justin Pierce (Mycopath)
2011-09-27 14:39:04 CDT (-0400)

thanks Debbie
thats what I figured, always good to have another opinion.

I left it set up for a couple days for the heck of it , the cap enlarged a bit and cracked into more scales.
when the cap was bisected the gills appeared to have a greenish grey color verses the white gills of the smaller specimen.
I did do this in my kitchen and is about the only type of kitchen test I do ;)

you may never get spores on these fungi…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-09-23 12:02:34 CDT (-0400)

but your hot inland location and the fact that these were growing in grass, as well as their not so bulbous bases all indicates the toxic molybdites.

I wouldn’t do the “kitchen test” on ’em tho…unless you are particularly fond of vomiting.

Patrick, thanks for the advise
By: Justin Pierce (Mycopath)
2011-09-23 11:23:15 CDT (-0400)

I have had the larger specimen set up in a container since the evening of the 20th with no luck yet.
It has gotten a bit bigger and the scales are spreading out some, so we may still get something.
would have left them in place but I wasn’t sure when I would be back and the owners of the house were going to remove them out of dog safety paranoia.

Getting spores
By: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)
2011-09-23 10:16:22 CDT (-0400)

For specimens with caps about to open, you can either leave them in place, or pick one & put it in a closed container (Tupperware or something like that) partially wrapped in paper towels that you keep moist. It may then be able to mature a bit more and drop spores for you after the cap opens.

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