Psathyrella candolleana

Psathyrella candoleanaCommon Psathyrella

Order Agaricales, Family Psathyrellaceae

CAP EDGE HUNG WITH VEIL REMNANTS

Cap:  2-8 cm wide; conical becoming convex or flat with knob; brownish fading to yellow or white, often darker at center; cap edge with hung veil remnants when young; flesh thin

GILLS WHITISH THEN DARK BROWN

Gills:  attached; crowded; white when young, becoming grayish purple then dark brown

STALK WHITE, FRAGILE, HOLLOW

Stalk:  4-10 cm long, 2-8 mm thick; white; hollow, sometimes hollow tube visible from top of cap knob; fragile

Ring:  usually disappears, but sometime present

SPORE PRINT DARK BROWN

Spores 6.5-10 x 4-5 µm, smooth, elliptical, apical pore

ON LAWNS, IN GARDENS, ON WOOD, MULCH

Psathyrella candolanaEDIBLE

Lookalikes:

Coprinus sp. -- black spore print, inky

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This is a very common mushroom in well-watered grassy areas, shady or sunny. It grows quickly in wet conditions and then dries up. In clusters with its cap wavy and split around the edges, it can look like a bouquet of flowers. But it can also grow alone with a cap free of splits or waves.

mottled gillsIts flesh is so thin that it isn't much good for food, unless you find large fruitings. This sometimes happens when the mushroom grows from wood chips. One collection tasted like spinach.


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