Common Names: Baeo
Cap: 1.5-5.5 cm broad. Conic
to obtusely conic to convex, expanding to plane only in extreme age.
Margin incurved at first, and distinctly undulated when convex;
translucent striate and often tinted greenish. Dark olive brown to buff
brown (occasionally steel blue), becoming copper brown in the center
when drying, hygrophanous, fading to pallid white and easily bruising
bluish. Surface viscid when moist from a gelatinous pellicle, usually
Gills: Attachment adnate to sinuate, close. Colour grayish to dark cinnamon brown with the edges remaining pallid.
Stem: 50-70 mm long by 2-3 mm
thick. Equal to subequal. Pallid to brownish surface sometimes covered
with fine whitish fibrils, while often more yellowish towards the apex.
Brittle, stuffed with loose fibers. Distinct rhizomorphs present about
stem base. Partial veil thinly cortinate, rapidly becoming
Microscopic features: Spores
purplish brown in deposit, mango shaped, 10-12 by 6-7 microns. Basidia
4-spored. Pleurocystidia absent. Cheilocystidia 20-40 by 4.5-9 microns,
fusoid with a narrow neck.
Habit, habitat and distribution:
Solitary to gregarious to subcespitose on decaying conifer mulch, in
wood chips, or in lawns with high lignin content. Occasionally grows
from fallen seed cones of Douglas fir. Found in the fall to early
winter and rarely in the spring. First reported from Oregon, common
throughout the Pacific Northwest.