Observation 82672: Hebeloma (Fr.) P. Kumm.

When: 2011-11-13

Collection location: Wells Mills County Park, Ocean Co., New Jersey, USA [Click for map]

Who: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)

No specimen available

The information below and the pics were sent to me by Nina Burghardt, a fellow NJMA mushroomer and a very experienced amateur mycologist, who had had some trouble with this mushroom:

Pileus — the larger one is 6 cm, pinkish clay-brown, smooth, peels 1/2 way.

Stipe — 5 × 1.5 cm, lighter under the cap with a decurrent tooth.

Gills — not serrated, but they have a white discoloration on the edge of the gill, which is typical of Hebeloma.

Spores — almond shaped, thick-walled, 9.5 × 6-5 microns, no change with Meltzer or KOH.

It has to be either a Hebeloma or a Cortinarius since the spore print is brown. The smell of almonds is so strong that it remains even after the mushroom is dried, and the context tastes mild. However, Nina could not find any almond-scented Corts and only one Hebeloma — H. radicosum, but that tastes bitter.



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Recognized by sight: Brown gills and spore print, white discoloration of the gill edge
Based on microscopic features: Spores: almond shaped, thick walled, 9.5 × 6-5 microns

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