Crepidotus     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)

Inocybe pyriodoraBrown, 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

Pholiota albocrenulataLignicolous Brown Spored     Family
Growing on wood

Little Lignicolous Brown Spored     Subfamily
Tubaria furfuracea
Cap usually less than an inch across; hygrophanous; usually darker shade(s) of brown: more or less caramel-colored
Sometimes lacking a stem
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Cheimophyllum     Genus
Cap white, up to 3/4" across
Sometimes with very stubby stalk, sometimes sessile with a single attachment point

Crepidotus     Genus     (Fries) Staude

Resupinatus applicatus



Okay, okay. This isn't really a picture of a Crepidotus - - they're usually white, never blackish. It's just here to show you the correct shape of the fruiting body. I'm sure we'll get one up as the summer progresses: they're fairly common

Narrow down your identification:

Crepidotus applanatus
Cap 1/2-1 1/2" across; white, with a striate margin when young, becoming brownish and unstriate (?) in age

Crepidotus crocophyllus
Cap 1/4-1/2" across; yellowish brown
Gills yellow or yellowish orange until colored brownish by spores

Crepidotus herbarum
Cap 1/4-3/4" across; white; minutely furry
Gills white until colored brownish by spores

Crepidotus mollis
Cap 1/2-3" across; surface light brown or olive brown, breaking up into many tiny scales which may wash away in rain or age; gelatinous in wet weather