Small conical and grey/white fungi identification

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Small conical and grey/white fungi identification

Post by wren » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:29 am

Morning everyone,

I came across your forum as I've been trying to identify this for a few hours and think I've tried every online tool available.

I found them in the lawn this morning. They're approx. 40-50mm tall, the stem is around 1.5mm and the cap approx. 15-20mm. The colour in the photos is fairly true to life - a white stem with a grey/white cap. The lawn was mown a couple of days ago, so there aren't any older examples I can share.

I'm not concerned about them, just curious as I haven't been able to identify them yet. :)

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Small conical and grey/white fungi identification

Post by wren » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:08 pm

p.s. I thought it looked a little like Mycena arcangeliana, but the colour isn't a match.

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Re: Small conical and grey/white fungi identification

Post by adampembs » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:57 pm

Dear Wren,

I think these are an "inkcap" species. The stem is hairy, which suggest Coprinellus species. (I first thought it was a Parasola, but the stem is more hairy than I would expect)
The first thing to check with mushrooms, is the spore colour. Ideally this is done with a spore print, but often, a good guess can be made by looking at the gill colour. A Mycena would typically have pale gills (white spores), while an inkcap would have dark gills (black spores) Unfortunately, we cant see the gills.

If you check the FAQ section, there is a guide to "helping us help you ID a find" - this is worth reading to help with future identification.

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Re: Small conical and grey/white fungi identification

Post by wren » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:10 am

Sorry for the late reply Adam, I've just returned from my holiday.

Many thanks for your assistance. There are more in the lawn now, so I'll try a spore print and see what I come up with. I still can't find anything that matches colour-wise, but hopefully the spores will help with identification.

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Re: Small conical and grey/white fungi identification

Post by adampembs » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:02 pm

The colour of mushrooms can vary a lot, depending on weather, age, and even within a species, so its not the most reliable character to use.
Spore colour, on the other hand, is much more reliable and is the first step in using identification keys. Many field guides divide fungi into sections by spore colour. I would recommend a good field guide over Googling images. It can get you to the first step. The pleated cap is quite typical of Parasola species, but these are supposed to have a smooth stem. If you have a hand lens, also look for veil fragments on the cap, granules or woolly tufts etc, which can get washed off in the rain.
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