These were growing on my property and seemed a bit different to the usual fungi that I see. The gills were a “soft pink”, (DV would like that description)and the stem had a well developed volva. The stem was shorter than the average shroom, and the caps were very close to the ground. At first I thought they were PuffBalls..


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Stems were short, dase was bulbous. Sorry should have taken a side-on shot.

very curious
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-04-25 10:12:27 CST (+0800)

big & fleshy, notched pink gills and a volva. was it really a volva or just an enlarged base? hard to tell from this photo.


Dimitar, Many thanks for your interest and comments. You are certainly correct in your advice. I am self teaching as I do not have a local mentor and you people of MO are the only ones that have shown any interest in my images. I am learning but it is like learning a new language without a teacher. I will do better.

An interesting one — bur insufficient info…
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2008-06-16 14:48:15 CST (+0800)

Ian, you’re flirting with interesting collections, but not doing the
full effort. When you see something like that, please:

— photograph it completely and emphasize each feature. You obviously
noted the volva – how many brown gilled mushrooms with volva do you
see? Then you should have made extensive analysis. It is
taxonomically huge.

From this aspect I can’t really say whether what you have is a
Cort. or a Pholiota. I think I see some bluish band in the upper stem,
but you should eliminate the possibilities of imagination. Anyway,
forgive me for doing some unsolicited teaching here, but consider that
you may not see these collections again for quite some time and do
them justice photographically — hey, I also saw an interesting and
undescribed Cort with a volva recently, just check this page for a
pointer of proper documentation that will be used for the proper
published description

Have fun and push the bar up,

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-06-15 23:20:17 CST (+0800)

Looks to me like some kind of Cortinarius. Brown spores and stem with a bulb.