Fungi fd. 12/18/2000

truffler1635 at my-deja.com truffler1635 at my-deja.com
Thu Dec 21 22:00:15 EST 2000

In article <91ratl$bsh$1 at news.lf.net>,
  "Andreas Gminder" <agminder at s.netic.de> wrote:
> truffler1635 at my-deja.com schrieb in Nachricht ...
> >Finally, an unknown fungus, looks like either a Clitocybe or
> >Leucopaxillus, bright red-orange, with decurrent white gills. Abundantly
> >fruiting with Macrolepiota on a thatcher-ant nest about 4 feet tall and
> >perhaps 3 feet diameter. Observed 3 Macrolepiota (nearly too old to
> >identify) and perhaps 20 of this bright mostly yellowish, wavy-capped
> >mushroom 3+ inches across. I first thought they were old chanterelles,
> >but with white gills and still fresh (after a hard freeze only last
> >week). Anyone have a guess to share?
> >
> Hallo,
> only a guess, because I'm not familiar with the american fungus flora: What
> about Lepista/Clitocybe flaccida or gilva or inversa? When I remember right,
> there is an american counterpart of this species(-complex) which is called
> Clitocybe splendoides (or splendendoides?), created by Bigelow (or at least
> decribed in the Clitocybe monographie). But these species should have a
> pinkish-cream spore colour.
> Only a suggestion, because here in Germany Lepista flaccida s.l. grows often
> together with Macrolepiota rhacodes in deep needle-beds or also in old
> ant-heaps.
> best wishes from Germany,
> Andreas
Thank you for posting, Andreas! I believe you may be right. I think I
shall have to do some additional research on the species before I can
answer in more depth, because I have not seen it before (or did not
recognize what I did see: far more common). The gill structure did
resemble more closely C. gilva than anything else I was able to find. But
the only source I had for C. gilva showed it with a pure white cap and
showed a rather old specimen which had already formed a vase-shaped form.

Thanks again, Andreas!

Daniel B. Wheeler

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