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)
Black Spored Suborder
Spore print black, very dark brown, purplish black, or dark purplish brown, but not fitting the Gomphidiaceae
Gills usually light grey, becoming black from spores only when very mature
Gills with a mottled appearance, since the spores mature (and hence darken the gills) in clumps, not evenly
Cap usually rounded, like half of an egg, and colored some shade(s) of gray and/or brown
Growing on manure or compost
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 at first a fairly deep shade of brown or grey, but fading in the sunlight; shaped like half an egg
Stalk concolorous; often quite long in proportion to its width
Partial veil evanescent, often completely fringing the cap margin with tooth-shaped remnants