Galerina mniophila (Lasch) Kuehner
no common name
Strophariaceae

Species account author: Ian Gibson.
Extracted from Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

Introduction to the Macrofungi

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Distribution of Galerina mniophila
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Species Information

Cap:
0.6-1(1.5)cm across, 0.8-1.2cm high, obtusely conic becoming obtusely campanulate [bluntly bell-shaped], the shape resembling the cap of Mycena epipterygia; hygrophanous, 'dingy pale ochraceous tawny to "cinnamon buff" fading to pallid (almost white in some)'; bald, lubricous moist, shiny, "watery-translucent around the disc and at maturity when moist"
Flesh:
yellow-buff (Buczacki)
Gills:
ascending, nearly free, close, broad; pallid buff when young to cinnamon buff or pale tawny when mature; edges even
Stem:
3-5cm x 0.1-0.15cm, equal; "pallid when young, finally honey color overall or base slightly darker but not darkening in typical manner"; top faintly pruinose, "with a few fibrils from a rudimentary veil lower down", or soon entirely bald
Veil:
appearing absent to rudimentary
Taste:
mild in American material, but European description of Kuehner says mild or slightly farinaceous especially in stem, (Smith)
Microscopic spores:
spores 9-12.5 x 6-7 microns, ovate in face view, somewhat inequilateral in side view, "with a faintly delimited plage and faintly marbled surface (under oil immersion)", pale tawny in KOH, dark red-brown (mature spores) in Melzer's reagent; basidia 4-spored; pleurocystidia none, cheilocystidia abundant, 30-42 x 6-10 x 3-4 x 4-6 microns, fusoid-ventricose, apices obtuse to slightly enlarged (4-6 microns wide), colorless, smooth, thin-walled; gill trama subregular, colorless to yellowish in KOH; cap trama with a thin pellicle of subgelatinous hyphae 4-7 microns wide over a hypoderm of yellow-walled hyphae 9-16 microns wide; clamp connections present
Spore deposit:
ochraceous-brown (Buczacki)
EDIBILITY

Habitat and Range

Habitat
gregarious on moss in conifer forests, (Smith), among mosses (not Sphagnum) in wet grassland, occasionally in gardens, lawns, damp woodland; trooping; fall, (Buczacki)