Friday, June 7, 2013

Recent Mushrooms - early June 2013 part I

Early June seems to be filled with lots of smallish, non-descript mushrooms (watchers?) in the Twin Cities area.  Part one will be the really plain ones.  Part II will feature a number of Inky Caps, plus some of the stand outs.  I've divided the post up by spore print color for future reference.

Spring Agrocybe - Agrocybe praecox species cluster - dark brown spore print

Unknown mushrooms - dark brown spore print

The whitish material along the margin of the cap are remnants of the tissue the covered the gills before the cap fully opened (called a partial veil).  A lot of species in the genus Psathyrella show this feature.  They were also pretty tough, becoming even tougher upon drying.  Mushrooms in the genus Psathyrella tend to be fragile.  Maybe a species of Psilocybe.  Though the genus name, Psilocybe, refers to the lack of a veil on the cap.  Plus no blue staining which many species show.   
They were growing in wood chips in the front lawn of a duplex down the street.  I brought Adele with to photograph them.  A guy poking around your yard with a kid looks fairly harmless; a guy by himself poking around your yard looks (with a camera) looks really suspicious. 

Entoloma sp? - Pinkish Brown spore print

Growth on the ground and gills attached to the stem separate mushrooms in the genus Entoloma from another pink-spored genus, Pluteus.

Unknown Mushroom - White spore print

Unknown mushroom - no spore print obtained

These mushrooms have been in wood chips for about a week, without the caps opening.  The gills, which are a gray-tinged whites are covered by a thick, fleshy veil.  A species of Stopharia perhaps?
These two were growing nearby.  The same mushroom, just well aged, or a different species?

Lesson for the day - quality, not quantity; too many mushrooms, too few field notes.