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Hypholoma??

Observed: 30th 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
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Description:

Group of small mushrooms growing in grass/mulch at base of recently planted silver birch. Buff flat cap 3 cm across with darker orange/brown patch at centre, concentric wrinkles or fine cracks and ragged almost white downturned margin. Wavy (especially at margin) pink/brown free/adnexed gills with white edges. Fibrous stem 5 cm long, 8 mm diameter, indistinct ring zone?

Identifications

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Species interactions

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Comments

flaxton's picture

With that cortina I don't

With that cortina I don't think it is a Hypholoma.

Martincito's picture

I thought a cortina was a

I thought a cortina was a cobwebby veil over the gills... and didn't notice one on these mushrooms. Obviously I must have got that wrong. Please tell me more...

flaxton's picture

You are right in that the

You are right in that the cortina is the partial veil covering the gills. Because it is so fine it rarely leaves a true ring as happens in Amanita but usually leaves just a few threads attached to the stipe. You show these in a couple of your photos. Like you I do not know much about Cortinarius and its allies.

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I guess that ring of fibres

I guess that ring of fibres is what remains of the cortina. I'm really not familiar with Cortinarius (as you might have guessed) but having looked at the books I can see that, with that ring zone and the brown gills, this could be one. Quite a few like to hang out with birch trees but I have no idea which species this might be. C. triumphans is the Birch Webcap, but that is described as being bigger than these specimens.