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Psathyrella candolleana

Common Name: Common Psathyrella

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Substrate: Ground - around stumps or from buried wood; Grassy areas

Location: Hardwood forests

Spore Color: Purplish brown

Gill Color: White to grayish purple

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A fairly common Psathyrella, hence the common name. When it is young, the cap takes on a yellow-ochre color, but it can become nearly white as it ages. The stem on this mushroom is quite fragile, and it may snap as you try to pick it or transport it. There is a ring on the stem when it is young, but it will soon fall off, and appear to be ringless.

This is probably a species complex, with several cryptic species under this name.

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Psathyrella candolleana

9/10/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Psathyrella candolleana

9/13/12 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN