Camarophyllus     Genus

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)

Amanita onustaWhite Spored     Suborder
Spore print "light-colored": white or buff, sometimes tinged with pink or tan. Greenish and (except for the Russulales) yellow spore prints also go here
Stalk fibrous, not fracturing like a piece of chalk

Hygrophorus russulaHygrophoraceae     Family
Gills (at least) with a distinct waxy or silky feel, due to unusually long basidia
No annulus, armilla or volva
Cap often slimy
They tend to grow in cold areas, and sometimes fruit at times when it's too cold for other mushrooms
Several have an insulating slimy universal veil. This veil leaves the cap and the stalk slimy, except for the upper stalk where the gills covered it when the mushroom was a button.

Camarophyllus     Genus     (Fries) Kummer

Camarophyllus pratensis


Microscropic Characters

Narrow down your identification:

Camarophyllus pratensisCamarophyllus pratensis
Cap up to 4" across; orange to buff, sometimes tinged with salmon; sometimes umbonate; margin often sinuate
Gills distant
Gills and flesh colored a lighter version of the cap color
In meadows and forests

Camarophyllus subviolaceus
Cap up to 2 3/8" across; hygrophanous; grey violet to brownish violet, at least on the margin; center fading first to light grey
Gills, flesh and stalk whitish, sometimes tinged with cap color

Camarophyllus virgineusCamarophyllus virgineus
Cap up to 2" across; moist and/or waxy
Entire fruiting body white, with perhaps some yellow or tan tinges


Yellow Hygrocybe     Section