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Spring Brittlestem

Observed: 3rd March 2011 By: jhn7
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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P1100736-1
P1100739-1
P1100885-1
Description:

Cap 4 cm, dry, tan brown with whitish rim; white hollow stem. Growing in mixed woodland beside earth path in leaf litter.
ID confirmed by spore print.

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

anonymous spotter's picture

I'm not sure -

but it looks very like it. Maybe it's a Tawny Grisette that hasn't read the textbooks that say "season: autumn"...

Revision: the comment about it not being found in groups is a good point. The proposed species isn't in my book, pictures on the internet suggest some variability (or mis-identifications!)

parad1se's picture

I think this is much more

I think this is much more likely to be a Psathyrella. You won't find Amanita growing in clumps like this. You also need to check the base to see if there is a volval sac present.

jhn7's picture

Thanks for helpful ideas!

I checked this morning and there is no volval sac. Like RogerR the species isn't in my book but I found it on Mushroomexpert.com and it sounds likely. I am checking the spore print as suggested. This supported detective work is so exciting!

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

flaxton's picture

Psathyrella now looks

Psathyrella now looks favourite and P spadiceogrisea is the spring member of the family.

jhn7's picture

Nice one - bravo!

Thanks for your help, greatly appreciated.

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)