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Mysterious wild mushroom?
    #3201285 - 09/30/04 09:17 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

This solitary mushroom was found a the West Coast forest. Please help me identify it.

The spore print is cinnamon rusty brown, the cap is 5 cm in diametre, it smells fruity, the stem is 5 cm long (fragile, stains tan) but the most distinctive features are the frilly gills, and fluted edge. The cap appears torn and is very solid. It is convex. The flesh is light salmon coloured.





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Re: Mysterious wild mushroom? [Re: wind]
    #3201735 - 09/30/04 11:08 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

It looks like a jelly-fish...

Could be a common leather-cap, with some form of elephantitus of the gills. LOL


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Re: Mysterious wild mushroom? [Re: wind]
    #3202023 - 10/01/04 12:33 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Overall that looks like an Entoloma to me.

While I've seen mushrooms of various kinds with bits of "fluting" on them, that specimen has more than I've ever seen. A great specimen. Thanks for showing it to us.

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Re: Mysterious wild mushroom? [Re: ToxicMan]
    #3205045 - 10/01/04 09:35 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I agree that it is a very special mushroom! The Entoloma don't seem to have fluted gills though. What are the kinds of mushrooms you have seen with fluted gills?

Thanks for any help you can offer,
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Re: Mysterious wild mushroom? [Re: wind]
    #3205126 - 10/01/04 11:02 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

The fluting is not a normal feature of the mushroom. I have seen much smaller versions on a wider variety of mushrooms, most recently some Laccaria laccata. Your specimen just shows the most extreme example of it I've ever seen. For identification, treat the mushroom as though the fluting doesn't exist.

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Re: Mysterious wild mushroom? [Re: ToxicMan]
    #3207372 - 10/02/04 06:48 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Okay, yes, that is helpful advice, thank you. I still can't identify the mushroom though, so I will have to look in a more comprehensive guidebook, and try to stop obsessing about naming it. No matter what it is called it is simply beautiful!


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Re: Mysterious wild mushroom? [Re: wind]
    #3207541 - 10/02/04 07:31 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Entolomas can be tough to ID to a species. Most of the guides have incomplete info and are not anywhere near listing all of the various species.

The pink spored mushrooms in general are not well studied and many of the keys are also incomplete.


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Re: Mysterious wild mushroom? [Re: eris]
    #3207848 - 10/02/04 09:29 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

My mystery mushroom has cinnamon-rust coloured spores. Are Entolomas usually pink spored? Why is the available information not complete. My guide "The New Wild Savoury Mushroom" is a pretty good book but has no listing for Entolomas. I can barely wait to lay my hands on a more comprehensive fungus guide...


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