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)
Spore print chocolate brown
Annulus almost always present, usually membranous
The gills are usually pink or silvery-grey at first, but are colored chocolate brown at maturity from the developing spores
The cap and stalk are usually some sort of white or greyish brown, but may have fibrils or scales that are darker (like the portobello)
Growing on the ground, wood chips, or other organic debris
- Not staining red or yellow (even with KOH)
Often browning where bruised or with age
Annulus persistent and membranous, but only one layer
Yes, don't be confused: this section is named for its type species, the "button mushroom" of the supermarkets. But this was done when the type species was known as A. hortensis, long, long ago..
Narrow down your identification:
Cap up to 6" across; covered with tufts of dark brown fibrils