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I think these are Psathyrella piluliformis... (added via Android)

Observed: 16th January 2013 By: stevenelawsonstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Description:

Found just a few days ago on bare branches if an old tree, there were dozens in full fruit. Stripes are fibrillose rather than scaly, I think.

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Comments

D.M.H.'s picture

Dark/black velvety or downy

Dark/black velvety or downy stem(tough,hollow, typically curved) greasy orange cap(first convex before flattening) and yellow gills(adnexed, crowded)

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D.M.H.'s picture

Psathyrella, as the common

Psathyrella, as the common name "brittlestem" suggests, are generally very easy to break apart. Picking a completely undamaged one to photograph gills is no easy task.

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D.M.H.'s picture

Opps

Deleated double post

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Alison Galbraith's picture

I do know Flammulina

I do know Flammulina velutipes and I know it is not that. The cap was approx 15 cm diameter, which Velevet Shanks are not, also the gills were the wrong colour and they were growing out of soil, not wood.

AlanS's picture

Baffled

I am baffled by this comment. The posted photographs are very clearly Flammulina velutipes, in colour and in the brown, velvety stems. No size is given, and they were stated to be "on bare branches if (sic) an old tree".

So Alison, the basis of your comment needs some explanation.

Incidentally, had this been a Psathyrella, which obviously it is not, for reasons stated, I would have considered P. laevigata before P. piluliformis.

Alan

D.M.H.'s picture

I quote

Found just a few days ago on bare branches if an old tree....(clearly visible in last picture)
R.Phillips lists size of up to 15cm for cap diameter. Both cap and gill colour are exactly what I would expect.
There are a few other possible candidates, Galerina marginata (same cap colour but not shape + a ring on stem, too small)
Kuehneromyces mutabilis (wrong shape cap, colour + ring on stem + hygrophanous)
Psathyrella piluliformis (dismissed on previously mentioned grounds).

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D.M.H.'s picture

Compare your picture to those

Compare your picture to those "Other observations" of velvet shank.

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