Ok, this one, this is a obviously a Pholiota, yellow-brown, on wood, lots of slime on the cap. But it was one I hadn’t seen before, and right at the edge of snow melt, off of rotting logs that were soaked with snow melt, most of them still half covered in snow. There is a photo and a note in Arora about a “snow-melt Pholiota” that is an unknown species.

Well, I took some of these to the spring fungi of the sierras course, and put it under the scope. A number of us went through the Smith monograph of American Pholiota and the scope, and didn’t really get anywhere. (What does it mean that the subhymenium is gelatinous? And how are you supposed to determine this?) So, it is still an unknown snow-melt Pholiota.

I need to get a dried cap here to Debbie and see is others can get somewhere with these.

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: Growing with melting snow in Abies duff/debris, viscid cap and stipe, pale colors, (when young), white rhizomorphs.
Used references: Pholiota olivaceophylla, a forgotten name for a common snowbank fungus, and notes on Pholiota nubigena. Mycotaxon, Volume 130 (2), April-June 2015, pp. 517-532

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looks as though Irene was already barking up the right tree…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-06-13 13:29:48 PDT (-0700)

but it took Walt’s ID today and a copy of the Pholiota of North America to confirm her original guess.
Slimiest Pholiota indeed!

Same as this Sierran Pholiota here:

216 Pholiota…
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-06-12 23:25:47 PDT (-0700)

It’s not easy to make a useful key to 216 (!) species of Pholiota. In “American Pholiota”, I tried to key out Pholiota lenta (the palest and slimiest one I know), but had large difficulties making the right choices of cap colours there.