Conocybe lactea

White Dunce Cap

Order Agaricales, family Bolbitiaceae

CAP LIKE A WHITISH DUNCE CAP

Cap:  1-3 cm wide; dunce cap shape, narrowly conical, then becoming more bell-shaped with the cap edge flaring up slightly; irregular wrinkles, white to buff, especially at center

GILLS WHITE THEN BROWNISH

Gills:  free or nearly free; very narrow; whitish becoming cinnamon brown



STALK WHITE, FRAGILE WITH NO RING

Stalk:  3-10 cm long, 1-2 mm wide; fragile, hollow; often breaks under weight of cap

SPORE PRINT CINNAMON BROWN

ON LAWNS

NOT EDIBLE

Lookalikes --

Brown cone head (C. tenera group) -- darker cap and stem

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You'll have to get out of bed before the sun heats up the grass to find this mushroom. It quickly dries up in the mid-morning, or the stem breaks under the weight of its cap.  But—though it's not worth a special trip out of bed—this very common, grass-growing fungus is fun to find. You can almost imagine the dunce caps coming alive in a Disney show in your back yard.

Look for little white dunce caps at cut-grass level when you're up early sometime.


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