Identification Assistance Requested
price1 at ix.netcom.com
Sat Jul 11 10:38:24 EST 1998
I live in Manassas, VA. The tight association with a living tree root also amazed me and I
thought it would make it easy to identify (esp given the other characteristics -- white flesh,
white spore print, growing in clusters, etc.), but I couldn't find anything. Slugs and maggots
love it. The maggots will reduce it to a brown mass of slime (with a few stalks sticking up) in
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
mschaech at sunstroke.sdsu.edu (Moselio Schaechter) wrote:
> At 1:35 PM 7/9/98, RAPHAEL PANITZ wrote:
>>I can't seem to identify a mushroom growing in my front yard. Here are
>> Growing on the semi-exposed root of a Water Maple. The roots run
>>along the ground and are
>>partially exposed to the air. The mushrooms start growing when there is a
>>little bit of dirt
>>covering the root. When I pull up a cluster, it is always attached to the
>>buried root and has
>>its rhizomorphs digging into the tree root.
>> Had a lot of rain recently and temperatures in the high 80s
>> At least 10 or 20 growing from a single location on the tree root.
>> I have about 7 clusters now growing on the root (growing over a space
>>of about 20 feet,
>>with another 5 clusters developing.
>> The "clusters" have a LOT of overlap and are tightly packed
>> Some in shade, some in direct sunlight
>> Mature cluster can be 12" x 8" x 4" -- a tight mass of mushrooms
>> The rhizomorphs are brown and all stalks come together in a single
>>place on the root of the
>> 1" when young, 2(maybe 2 1/2) inches at maturity
>> Plane when young, becoming Depressed in age
>> Very light tannish brown
>> Smooth to touch, but slightly scaly-looking
>> Adnate when young, becoming decurrent in age
>> Not crowded
>> Varying lengths
>> White becoming yellowish in age
>> Thin (1/4 ")
>> Brown with vertical lines
>> Mild, "mushroomy" smell -- no difference when crushed
>> Similar to Agaricus Bisporus i.e. not brittle, watery, or tough
>>Any assistance would be appreciated.
>I can only make a wild guess, as the description does not readily fit any
>species I know. My conjecture is that it may be a Clitocybe or a
>Lyophyllum. Leafing through Bigelow's N.A. Species of Clitocybe, one
>finds quite a few caespitose species that fit at least some of what you
>describe, although most have fairly crowded gills and have a prominent but
>not "mushroomy" smell when crushed. The strong association with tree
>roots is puzzling.
>Where do you live, by the way?
>Author, "In the Company of Mushrooms"
>Harvard University Press
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