Possible Pink Domecap?

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Lee Dingain
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Possible Pink Domecap?

Post by Lee Dingain » Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:43 pm

Plenty of these on a grassland site in Surrey in November. Cap dry (perhaps slightly greasy, mushroomy smell, tough gills.
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Re: Possible Pink Domecap?

Post by roy betts » Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:33 pm

Had to look up "Pink Domecap" (Rugosomyces carneus) but it's not that.
It looks like a Clitocybe. Is that dung they are growing close to? - could be Clitocybe amarescens....

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Re: Possible Pink Domecap?

Post by Lee Dingain » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:39 pm

Hi Roy, I think you are right. Yes they were growing near dung. A few more photos of others nearby, presumably older specimens (including a white spore print. Does Clitocybe amarescens turn white with age?
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Re: Possible Pink Domecap?

Post by roy betts » Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:26 pm

The colour change is due to moisture changes rather than age.
If the cap changes from a dark to a much paler colour as it dries out it is called hygrophanous. Not all fungi are hygrophanous and it is an important feature to note. If the white/cream capped ones get rained on they will turn dark again.
Indeed, in the Clitocybe key I am looking at the first step is "Cap hygrophanous/Cap not hygrophanous"! This splits off 21 species that are hygrophanous (ancluding amarescens) from 13 that are not - a big help.

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Re: Possible Pink Domecap?

Post by Chris Yeates » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:11 am

You really don't have enough here to take it any further than Clitocybe sp. IMHO. For example, did it have a distinctive smell?
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Re: Possible Pink Domecap?

Post by Lee Dingain » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:38 am

Thanks Roy, I'm still very much a beginner and so the information on hygrophanous fungi is very useful. Is there somewhere I can get hold of the key? I've looked on the BMS website but can't see one. Also, none of the five fungi books I have mention Clitocybe amarescens?

Hi Chris, I'm just grateful to get a pointer to family or genus really as this is all very new for me. Regarding the smell, it had a quite a faint 'mushroomy' smell is the best I can describe it. They certainly didn't have a strong smell.

Many thanks both for your help.

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