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Galerina marginata

Common Name: Deadly Galerina

Synonyms: Galerina autumnalis, Pholiota autumnalis, Species Fungorum

Substrate: Wood 

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: Rusty Brown

Comments: 

This is one of the few deadly poisonous mushrooms that can be found around Indiana. Look for it growing on wood, look for the rusty brown spores, and look for the ring on the stem.  The ring can sometimes come off, so it is not a totally reliable feature. They often grow in groups, so be sure to check more than one mushroom. It can be found throughout much of the year, even before the morels come up in the spring. 

Most field guides will mention Galerina autumnalis as the name, but DNA research has concluded both were the same species. 

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Galerina marginata

10/11/12 - Marion, IN

Galerina marginata

10/7/12 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN

Galerina marginata

Galerina marginata

Galerina marginata

The rusty brown spores dropped onto moss.

3/25/11 - Hoosier National Forest - Deam Wilderness

Galerina marginata

3/27/13 - Hoosier National Forest - Orange County, IN