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Galerina marginata
Family
Cortinariaceae
Location
Europe, North America, Asia and Australia
Dimensions
Cap 2.5-6.5 cm diameter, stem 3-9 cm tall * 0.3-0.8 cm diameter
Edibility
Lethally poisonous

Description
This small agaric, with yellowish tan, sticky cap, similarly colored as thegills and ring on stem, grows in clusters on stumps and logs of broad-leaf trees.

Cap starts convex, sometimes broadly conical, and has edges (margins) that are curved in against the gills. It becomes later broadly convex and then flattened, sometimes developing a central elevation, or umbo. Gills typically narrow and crowded, with a broadly adnate to nearly decurrent attachment to the stem and convex edges. They are a pallid brown when young, becoming tawny at maturity. Stem more or less equal or is slightly enlarged downward. Initially solid, it becomes hollow from the bottom up as it matures. The membranous ring is located on the upper half of the stem near the cap, but may be sloughed off and missing in older specimens. Above the level of the ring, the stem surface has a very fine whitish powder and is paler than the cap; below the ring it is brown down to the reddish-brown to bistre base.

Similar species Galerina marginata may be mistaken for a few edible mushroom species like Pholiota mutabilis, Armillaria mellea and Kuehneromyces mutabilis.

Galerina marginata on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.



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