Big Volvariella     Section

Cortinarius husseyiKey to Gilled Mushrooms     Key
This is a key to gilled mushrooms, that is, mushrooms having a definite cap with a fertile surface consisting of gills. The fruiting body usually also has a stem, although that may be lateral or absent (usually, then, the mushroom is growing from wood). You can use this key to identify mushrooms that you find.

TricholomaAgaricales     Order
Fruiting body containing fibers (usually in the stalk)

Pink Spored     Suborder
Spores pink or reddish

Pluteus cervinusPlutaceae     Family
Gills free
Often growing on wood

Volvariella pusillaVolvariella     Genus
With a saccate volva, or cup, at the base of the stalk
On a variety of substrates
Cap typically (but not in this picture) bluntly conical, not umbonate or convex

Big Volvariella     Section     


Narrow down your identification:

Volvariella bombycina
Cap up to 8" across; silky; white
On deciduous wood or wounds on living hardwoods
Volva whitish, with dingy light brown areas

Volvariella speciosa
Cap up to 6" across; white to light grey or light brown; glabrous; viscid when fresh or wet
Volva white
Grows on just about everything, even dung, which is unusual for a Volvariella

Volvariella volvacea
Cap up to 4" across; brownish grey; with blackish virgate streaks
Volva large; brownish, at least towards the top
On organic debris in greenhouses or other situations where it can be warm all year