Camarophyllus virgineus

     Hygrophorus niveus
     Camarophyllus borealis
     Hygrophorus virgineus
     Camarophyllus niveus
     Hygrophorus borealis

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 pratensisCamarophyllus     Genus
Gills decurrent, giving the mushroom a vase-like appearance in profile (unless the cap is umbonate, in which case it has a "dancing mushroom from Fantasia" profile)
Cap less than 2" across; usually not viscid or slimy; usually white or some dull color (except for the one species shown in the picture)
All clearly decurrent, non-slimy Hygrophoraceae can be keyed out here

Camarophyllus virgineus     

Here are the characters that distinguish this species from the others in its group. For its more general characters, see higher up on the page.
If there's just a few words or a microscopic feature here, a more thorough description can be found above.

Camarophyllus virgineus


Microscropic Characters


According to A. E. Bessette, D. W. Fischer & A. R. Bessette (1997) , all the names listed can be synonymized, so I do so joyfully