Key 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.
Fruiting body containing fibers (usually in the stalk)
Brown, Olive, Orange or Tan Spored Suborder
Gills not free
Spore print tan, orange, deep ochre, yellowish olive, olive brown, rusty or cinnamon brown or deep brown
Ring usually either absent or not membranous
Terrestrial Brown Spored Family
Growing on the ground
Cap usually less than 1" across, some dull shade of grey, brown or tan (whitish in one species); cone-shaped
Stalk fragile, brittle; often quite long in proportion to its width (not so in the picture)
Often growing in lawns
Gills usually rusty brown to cinnamon brown at maturity
Spore print ochre brown to cinnamon brown
Conocybe lactea (J. Lange) Métrod
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.
- Cap up to 1" across; dull white to buff
Growing in lawns and meadows
Conocybe crispa looks the same, but has crimped gills