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Mostly mushrooms, some birds, a few moths, and plenty of other natural history topics.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Mushrooms this Week
These mushrooms have been fairly common at Westwood Hills Nature Center the past couple of weeks. I think they are a species of Milk Caps, Lactarius subserifluus. Beyond it's overall appearance and size, I'm basing my id on the following features:
tough stem (unusual for a Lactarius)
orangish hairs at the base of the stem
very minimal clear latex when cut
light yellow spore print
It's not a mushroom generally mentioned in field guides or mushroom websites (though there are similar species). I found it at the Mushroom Expert site.
Malodorous Lepiota, Lepiota cristata.
Fairy Bonnet mushrooms, Coprinellus disseminatus. They were growing by the hundreds at the base of a partially rotten tree, pictured below.
These mushrooms had a brown spore print, and were a little smelly (maybe paste-like). I think a species of Inocybe. They were growing on some bare compacted ground near a shed bordered by woods containing mostly Box Elder, Buckthorn, Elm, and closest, one Buckeye.
Megacollybia rodmani. Growing on and near a rotten log, with a white spore print.
I don't know. They were growing on a small, fallen branch and had a greyish, almost fuzzy stem. It resembles the Fetid Marasmius, Micromphale foetidum, but didn't have a distinct odor, which is characteristic of the Fetid Marasmius. But they were pretty dry when I found them, but still intact which is also feature often found in this group of mushrooms; maybe that's why they didn't have an odor.