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Summary: Features include 1) a small, conic to bell-shaped cap that is hygrophanous, ochraceous tawny to cinnamon buff, and bald, 2) free, close, broad gills that are buff to tawny, 3) a pallid to honey-colored stem that is faintly pruinose at the top and bald or faintly fibrillose further down, 4) an absent to rudimentary veil, 5) growth on moss, and 6) microscopic characters. The description is derived from Smith(2) for American material except where noted.
The distribution is northern United States and Canada, Europe and Asia (Smith(2)). It was reported from BC (Roberts, C.(1)), and Gulden(2) used a collection from ID in Galerina research.
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)
Habitat / Range
gregarious on moss in conifer forests, (Smith), among mosses (not Sphagnum) in wet grassland, occasionally in gardens, lawns, damp woodland; trooping; fall, (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
Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed:
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