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Yellow or bright tan with bulbous stipe, rusty spores built up on fibrous annulus. Second observation on same log.

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By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2011-10-24 16:03:42 CDT (-0400)

Right, but be aware that in wet conditions many terrestrial mushrooms will climb up on high ground (wood) to fruit.

Thanks, Walt
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2011-10-24 15:18:49 CDT (-0400)

Your comment is doubly useful to me because I had begun to think that some cortinari do grow on wood. That means that all those ‘corts’ I have recently seen on wood were either pholiota or gymnopilus or something else. It is the first time I have spotted G. luteus. I can spot the G. spectabilis or G. junonius a mile away.

By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2011-10-24 10:53:59 CDT (-0400)

Habitat on wood should have led you to a Gymnopilus identification. If you had tasted (bitter) and sniffed (fruity almond) you would have narrowed it down to G.spectabilis or G. luteus.