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CAP 2-15 cm broad, convex or obtuse becoming nearly plane sometimes uplifted; surface dry,
and first cover with dense, dark red or purple red scales these fade to yellowish red then
yellow, scales diminish with age. Surface of cap sometimes staining blue, especially younger
mushrooms. Caps of mushrooms growing in clusters often orange from spores. Flesh redish yellow
when cut and fadding to to yellow.
GILLS notched to adnate or slightly decurrent, close, 3 or 4 tiers of lamellulae, at first
yellow, pinkish where bruised becoming bright rusty orange as spores mature.
STALK 3-10cm long, .4-2.5cm (4cm)thick, fleshy equal or enlarged below, sometimes tapered at
base when clustered, center with fibrous pith, sometimes becoming hollow with age. Colored the
same as the cap usually darker. Stems sometimes staining blue.
VEIL superior cortinate sometimes vanishing, colored reddish orange by spore deposit.
SPORES bright rusty orange sometimes collecting on cap, veil remnants and wood chips
HABITAT in groups or clusters on wood chips in humid shady places fruiting from late summer to
early fall in Northeastern US.