Little Volvariella     Section

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)

Pink Spored     Suborder
Spores pink or reddish

Pluteus cervinusPlutaceae     Family
Gills free
Often growing on wood

Volvariella pusillaVolvariella     Genus
With a saccate volva, or cup, at the base of the stalk
On a variety of substrates
Cap typically (but not in this picture) bluntly conical, not umbonate or convex

Little Volvariella     Section     

Volvariella pusilla


Narrow down your identification:

Volvariella hypopithys
Cap up to 2" across; silky; white; sometimes becoming yellowish or brownish on the disk (occasionally overall) in age
Stalk white; often silky like the cap
Volva small; white; often lobed; barely wider than the stalk: almost caligate
On the ground, usually in woods and along roadsides

Volvariella pusillaVolvariella pusilla
Cap up to 1 1/4" across; silky; white to greyish; striate
Stalk concolorous; glabrous
Volva white; fairly large in proportion to the stalk; often lobed
On the ground, usually in gardens, lawns, and greenhouses; less commonly in woods

Volvariella taylori
Cap up to 2 1/4" across; grey to pinkish grey; somewhat silky; margin often lacerate in age
Volva pale grey or brown on the outside; lobed

Volvariella villosavolva
Cap up to 1 1/4" across; grey to greyish brown
Volva white; deep; villose