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Summary: Section Calodontes (Smith), Section Luculentae (Maas Geesteranus); characterized by olive fuscous to yellowish olive moist cap, pallid to gray olive gills with bright orange margins, brownish to grayish olive stem, white spore deposit, and spiny cystidia; description derived from Smith(1) except where noted; found at least WA, OR, CA; reported from BC by Gamiet(1); Breitenbach(3) give distribution North America, Europe, North Africa
Cap: 0.8-2cm across, obtusely conic to bell-shaped becoming nearly flat; not hygrophanous, dark olive fuscous to yellowish olive on disc, margin orange shaded with fuscous; lubricous, faintly hoary-pruinose, soon polished, margin striate, becoming somewhat pleated when old
Flesh: thin, rather pliant
Gills: adnate or with a decurrent tooth, close, narrow becoming broad when old; pallid to grayish olive with edges bright orange
Stem: 3-6cm x 0.1-0.2(0.3)cm, rigid, cartilaginous, round in cross-section or compressed; "buffy brown" to "medal bronze" [light brownish to olive or grayish olive], sometimes tinged orange; bald except orange powder toward top, base strigose with orange hairs, (Smith), colored somewhat like cap (Trudell)
Odor: not distinctive
Taste: not distinctive
Microscopic spores: spores 7-9 x 4-5 microns, elliptic, smooth, amyloid; basidia 4-spored; pleurocystidia and cheilocystidia abundant and similar, 28-36 x 7-12 microns, clavate to subcapitate [with a head], the tops sparsely or densely echinulate [with small spines], filled with a bright orange pigment
Spore deposit: whitish cream (Breitenbach)
Habitat / Range
scattered, gregarious or subcespitose [more or less in tufts] under conifers on moss and needle carpets, (Smith), fall, often rather late, (Buczacki)
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2020. E-Flora BC:
Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for
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