Brittlestem, Fibrecap or something else

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Brittlestem, Fibrecap or something else

Post by Huma » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:32 am

I have spent some considerable time browsing various field guides but all I have achieved is more confusion. I would value your help with identification. These fungi were found in a shady corner of my garden, on soil (not on grass as with one photo), near the stump of an old cherry tree, with a conifer nearby. I am clutching at straws when I suggest Psathyrella sp. Another contender is some type of Inocybe. Many thanks if you are able to help. Hugh
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Re: Brittlestem, Fibrecap or something else

Post by Chris Yeates » Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:58 am

Hi Hugh
It's always worth making a spore-print; happily on this occasion the fungus has done that for you. The colour of that spore-print rules out Inocybe, I think Psathyrella is a good shout. Personally I would always check a Psathyrella microscopically, but this looks like a good candidate for Psathyrella candolleana.
That's not an authoratitive identification I hasten to add - I am not that familiar with the genus.
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Re: Brittlestem, Fibrecap or something else

Post by adampembs » Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:29 am

I'd also say that this clustered growth habit would point me away from Inocybe. Maybe there there exceptions, but I've not seen Inocybes so clustered as this, with caps overlapping.
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Re: Brittlestem, Fibrecap or something else

Post by Huma » Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:14 pm

Hi Chris and Adam, Many thanks for your replies. I am pleased that my very amateur attempt at identification is at least getting a little more refined. With good wishes to you both, Hugh

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