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Observed: 4th November 2011 By: MartincitoMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Single brown mushroom growing in a border planted with shrubs and mulched with wood chips. Rounded-conical cap 3 cm across shading from smooth light-brown at centre, then striate grey brown to light buff at edge. Appeared to be dusted with fine white powder apart from centre. Brown forked mottled grey-edged adnate gills. Stem 6 cm long, 3 mm diameter, white at top then brown, paler towards base with white roots. Black spore print. Oval spores.


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Growing in same border as

Growing in same border as I thought it a different species being bigger and less convex, but having given it a long hard look I now think these are all the same type of mushroom, which I think is Psathyrella conopilus. Comments would be very welcome!

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not conopilus

I haven't had time to look at any Psathyrella so far this year, so I am rusty, and it would be unwise to name most from a photograph anyway unless one knows them really well.

But this really doesn't look like P conopilus to me.


flaxton's picture

As you have the facility to

As you have the facility to use a microscope look at a small section of the skin of the cap. Conopilus would have distinctive hairs.

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Thanks Flaxton.. I've just

Thanks Flaxton.. I've just seen the great photo of the hairs on your observation and really wish I'd tried it. Unfortunately I'm running about a week late on trying to ID the fungi which I'm collecting and by the time I get round to most of them they have shrivelled up, gone mouldy or turned to mush :-( Hopefully the process will speed up as I gain experience.