(Spruce Cone Cap)
Cap 1-2 cm diameter, stem 2-7 cm tall * 0.1-0.2 cm thick
Strobilurus esculentus, also know as Spruce Cone Cap is a small agaric with a brown, conical cap and whitish gills. The mushroom grows solitary or in small groups, attached to buried or partly buried spruce cones. Note: this species never occurs on pine cones.
Cap brownish grey, convex, becoming flattened, smooth. Flesh white and thin. It can also be off-white or brownish-black. Gills crowded, white, and somewhat sinuate. The spores are white. Stem brownish grey with a pale apex.
Similar species Strobilurus stephanocystis and Strobilurus tenacellus favor pine cones.