September 18, 2007

Last Two Collections from Sunday 9/16

These last two mushrooms from Sunday's outing took a lot of work, and I can only identify one to genus.

This little white, flying saucer-shaped mushroom turns out to be Clitopilus prunus. Perhaps its most distinguishing trait is that it smells strongly and exactly like cucumbers. The gills start out white and gradually turn light pink as the fruiting body ages. The spores are distinctive as well and are a color best described as cinnamon-pink in deposit. It's edible and supposedly quite good, though I haven't tried it and, due to the strong possibility of confusing it with any number of poisonous mushrooms this is not one for beginners to sample. It's quite common but probably overlooked because of its status as a LWM.
This is the one I can only identify down to genus, which in this case is Enteloma. The spores are hexagonal and not strongly apicular, ranging in size from 6μ x 6μ to 7μ x 6μ. The cap is fibrillose and striate at the margin. Gills are crowded and adnate with the stipe and there are no cystidia. The stipe is concolorous with the pileus at the base and fades to white at the apex and is hollow to slightly cartilage-stuffed. Odor is indistinct and the taste is slightly acrid. Mycelium is white. The specimens shown were found on fallen hemlock at an elevation of about 400m. On drying, the pileus turns olive. Anybody have ideas about species?

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