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Verdigris Toadstool

Observed: 13th November 2011 By: ashbyashby’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

This was found in grass near woodland in south Devon in mid November. I originally thought it was Stropharia - it has the right colouring, habitat and spore print. The stem is wrong though.


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Fenwickfield's picture

have agreed but

This species can only be identified by putting the spores under a microscope,I do think it does look like S.aeruginosa.


leenestofvipers's picture

Could be ......

Stropharia caerulea also though.

Fenwickfield's picture


that is the problem,I agreed because it was a might be.


leenestofvipers's picture

Good point but...

I take your point but the trouble with agreeing that something 'might be' makes it a 'likely ID' when it is only one possibility. In my view it is better to agree with the ID only if it is actually the likely ID if you see what I mean. Just a thought though :)

Fenwickfield's picture

Change it to

I would ask ashby it they will revise there observation to Genus only and that would be much better.


Beagle's picture

It might not be ...

I take your point - however it might not be S. caerulea according to the single illustration in one guide book. We don't walk round with microscopes but are mindful of the principle of the 'balance of probabilities'. I am still a beginner when it comes to fungi. Regards


parad1se's picture

You need to check for the

You need to check for the presence of cheilochrysocystidia to determine species for this genus, so it cannot be identified to species in the field. No-one carries a microscope, we just accept that some things are more difficult than others.