Xerula megalospora

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

TricholomaTerrestrial Trich     Subfamily
Growing on the ground

Xerula megalosporaWoodland Rooting Trich     Tribe
Stalk growing into the ground like a root
Growing in woods

Xerula megalosporaXerula     Genus
Cap brown or greyish brown; often slimy in wet weather; usually radially wrinkled or broadly striate
Stem white, sometimes with iridescent brown caulocystidia; fibrous, often visibly twisted
Gills white

Xerula megalospora     (F. E. Clements) Shoemaker, Ginns & Redhead

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.

Xerula megalospora


Microscropic Characters


The two on the left are Xerula megalospora; the one on the right is Xerula rugosoceps
Of the species of Xerula lacking the brown stipe ornamentation, this is supposed to be the common one