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Psathyrella candolleana   (Common Park Psathyrella)
North America, Europe
Cap 2-6 cm diameter, stem 4-8 cm tall * 0.4-0.8 cm thick

Psathyrella candolleana, also known as Common Park Psathyrella, is a smallish agaric that has a cap whose colour varies between white and golden brown and the margin is irregular and radially asymmetrical, which is a defining characteristic of this species. The mushroom grows typically tufted on soil close to broad-leaf trees, also on stumps and other woody debris.

Cap convex to umbonate, yellow-brown in colour, as dry ivory white. The margin is thin and has veil remains as young. The flesh is white and thin. Gills at first pallid grey with liliaceous tinge, grey- to chocolate-brown as mature, adnate or adnexed, crowded. Spores are dark brown. Stem white, fragile, hollow and smooth. It has no ring.

Similar species The much darker Psathyrella spadiceogrisea occurs along forest paths and in similar sites in late spring and early summer.

Psathyrella candolleana on the First Nature Web site.
Psathyrella candolleana on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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