Panellus     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)

Amanita onustaWhite Spored     Suborder
Spore print "light-colored": white or buff, sometimes tinged with pink or tan. Greenish and (except for the Russulales) yellow spore prints also go here
Stalk fibrous, not fracturing like a piece of chalk

TricholomataceaeTricholomataceae     Family
None of the special features distinguishing the other white-spored genera:
Gills not free, as in the Lepiotas and Amanitas
Basidia not extra-long, as in the Hygrophoraceae
Spores smooth, except for Lentinellus

HygrocybeLignicolous Trich     Subfamily
Growing on trees or dead wood, leaves, or sticks, or organic debris, often in moss

Armillaria tabescensNormal LignoTrich     Tribe
Shaped like a “normal mushroom”
Small and fragile to medium-sized, except for one large, grey-capped species

Small Ligno Trich     Subtribe
Fruiting body small: cap up to 1 1/4" across (and most clearly smaller than that)
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PunctoLignoTrich     Tribe
Resupinatus applicatus
Fruiting body less than an inch across; sometimes with a short, stubby stalk; often sessile, attached to the substrate by a single point of attachment, with the gills originating at this point

Panellus     Genus     Karsten

Panellus stipticus


Narrow down your identification:

Panellus mitis
Cap up to 1/2" across, white to pale pinkish grey; often with a gelatinous layer when young
Gills concolorous
On coniferous wood, especially larch

Panellus ringens
Cap pinkish grey to purple.
Gills pinkish grey
Stalk canescent

Panellus serotinus
Cap up to 4" across, fan- or kidney-shaped, margin incurved; dark yellowish green, often with brown and purple tones
Spore print yellowish

Panellus stipticusPanellus stipticus
Cap up to 1 1/4" across; fan- to kidney-shaped; minutely hairy or scurfy; dingy white to pale brown
Stem stubby, hairy, concolorous
Cestipose or grouped on dead hardwoods

Panellus violaceofulvusPanellus violaceofulvus
Cap up to 5/8" across; purplish brown, with short fine white hairs
Gills forked or cross-veined; lighter version of cap color
On decaying coniferous wood