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Red Edge Brittlestem

Observed: 20th October 2012 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
trooping on wood chips
white margins
stem with rootlets
brittle stem
adnate, pink edged 2
black spore print
cap drying out
setae on cap
4-spore basidia + 1 pleurocystidia

Large crowded group of small brown mushrooms growing on wood-chips.
Damp caps up to about 3 cm across, brown, conical with radial lines, white at margin. Changed to lighter brown as the caps dried from the centre.
Brown/grey adnate gills with pinkish edges, about 20 met stem with several tiers of shorter intermediate gills.
Stem 7 cm x 3 mm, hollow, brittle, silky off-white with woolly fibres at base.
Black spore print.
Spores were smooth, oval, brown in Melzer's (dextrinoid), thick-walled, large apical germ pore, 11-13 x 5.5-7 microns (40 spores measured).
Pleurocystidia were 32-38 x 11-12 microns (only 2 measured).
Cheilocystidia were 20-25 x 8-10 microns (7 measured)
Cystidia... utriform? or maybe lageniform??


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Species interactions

No interactions present.


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How do you expect us to help you ID this with so little information to go on (LOL!)
Seriously though, you are incredibly thorough and a lesson to us all - though I'm going to leave the microscopic photography until I know what I'm talking about, which might be quite a while yet ;-)

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Thanks Steve. I used to just

Thanks Steve. I used to just take a few photos but found it so frustrating to find what seemed to be a very distinctive mushroom in the field only to discover it was impossible to identify it from the photos. Of course this still happens even with all the extra info... but I'm getting more fun from each specimen even if many still end up as "mystery mushrooms",