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 with prominent radial fibers, often splitting radially
All parts of the mushroom often scaly, scurfy, or tufted with minute hairs (barely visible on the stem in this image)
Cap usually less than 2" across
Coarsely Fibrillose Inocybe Section
Cap with conspicuous pointed bundles or tufts of fibers; often with a torn appearance
Typically straw-colored or tan
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; straw-colored; conical at first, becoming umbonate
The cap is supposed to be a little darker than that of Inocybe sororia. Well, you'll have to have picked many more Inocybes than I have before that bit of advice becomes helpful
Well, it was a sharp tussle here between two of the most important forces in my life: conformity and looking cool and up-to-date. As it is, conformity won, so I'm calling this mushroom Inocybe fastigiata, instead of Inocybe rimosa, but next time it could go the other way..