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Phaeocollybia christinae Mushroom
Ref No: 8541
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: Red or redish or pink, Orange
normal size: Less than 5cm
cap type: Conical or nearly so
stem type: Stem much longer than cap diameter
flesh: Mushroom has distinct or odd smell (non mushroomy), Mushroom slimy or sticky
spore colour: Rusty brown
habitat: Grows in woods

Phaeocollybia christinae (Fr.) Heim syn. Phaeocollybia lateraria Smith Cap 1-5cm across, sharply to bluntly conical with a pointed umbo; bright orange-red to cinnamon-foxy; moist, somewhat sticky, shining. Gills slightly adnexed, crowded, narrow; light to dark rust-yellow. Stem 40-120 x 3-6mm, long, slender, rooting; pale reddish yellow at the top, darker wine-brown toward the base; cartilaginous, smooth. Flesh firm, brittle; same color as cap. Odor strong, plantlike. Taste rather tart. Spores almond-shaped, roughened, 8.7-9.8 x 4.7-5.3. Deposit rust-brown. Cheilocystidia club-shaped. Habitat on poor soil in wet conifer woods. Found in Maine and reported from the Pacific Northwest. Season August-November. Not edible. Comment The material photographed was found in Maine. The material found in the Pacific Northwest is quoted as having much smaller spores, 5-6 x 3.5-3.8, making it very different from the European species described by European authors.

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