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
With a cobwebby partial veil called a cortina
Stem often much wider at the base
Spore print usually rusty brown or cinnamon brown
Only the cap is slimy/sticky
Stem often bulbous at the base; basal bulb often with a sharp rim
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 3" across; bluish silver, virgate
Gills purple until covered with spores
Stem purple above the cortina, bluish below, swelling gently to the base, which is white with yellow areas below its widest point
Found under oak
We found this twice last year, but haven't been able to get it identified yet