. . . and so on. I say we should just use the same strategy they recommend for merging onto the Interstate: pick a spot, accelerate, and get on the highway. Call it a Stropharia, a Psilocybe, or a Leratiomyces, but don't sit there on the ramp crying about the traffic, because we've got places to go and mushrooms to see when we get there!
My collecting experience with species of Stropharia leads me to believe that the application of KOH to the cap surface results in some fairly distinctive color reactions. Perhaps this is an area of Stropharia identification that should be explored.
Key to about 20 North American Stropharia and Leratiomyces Taxa
Note: Mushrooms in the traditional genus Psilocybe are not included here. See the reference list below, which contains citations for several good keys to Psilocybe.
|1.||Fresh cap scarlet to orange.|
|1.||Fresh cap otherwise colored (brown, tan, yellow, wine red, purplish, white, green, blue).|
|2.||Found in woodchips, landscaping areas, waste places (and so on) in coastal California (perhaps elsewhere?); stem smooth to finely hairy.|
|3.||Cap with blue or green colors (if stem bruises blue, see Psilocybe).|
|3.||Blue or green colors absent.|
|4.||Cap dark green to dark blue when young, often fading to yellowish; widely distributed.|
|4.||Cap bluish or greenish when young, becoming whitish with faint bluish tints; reported from the Pacific Northwest.|
|5.||Mature cap medium sized to large; regularly greater than 5 cm in diameter.|
|5.||Mature cap small; rarely greater than 5 cm in diameter.|
|6.||Cap without scales, typically wine red when young, becoming brownish--but occasionally brownish when young, or in one form white in all stages of development; ring prominent and well developed, with distinctive bent-back scales or "claws" on its underside; growing in woodchips, landscaping areas, mulch, and so on; spores 10-15 x 6-9 µ.|
|6.||Not completely as above.|
|7.||Found in western North America (especially northern California and the Pacific Northwest); tall (mature stem 8-15 cm long); cap slimy and yellow, fringed with drooping white veil remnants on the margin.|
|7.||Not completely as above.|
|8.||Stem conspicuously scaly, especially when young.|
|8.||Stem smooth, fibrillose, or slightly shaggy when young, but lacking conspicuous scales.|
|9.||Cap yellow and dry, innately scaly ("scales" not merely veil remnants; not easily rubbed off); spores not longer than 8 µ.|
|9.||Not completely as above.|
|10.||Young cap purple brown to reddish brown; stem 1-2 cm thick; chrysocystidia present on gill faces.|
|10.||Young cap yellow to orangish brown; stem .5-1 cm thick; chrysocystidia absent.|
|11.||Found in hardwood forests in eastern North America; cap dull brownish yellow; ring thin but persistent and membranous; spores 6-7 µ long; chrysocystidia present and conspicuous on gill faces.|
|11.||Found in western North America under aspens, cottonwoods, and alders (especially in riparian ecosystems); cap yellowish to whitish; ring fragile, soon disappearing or remaining only as a zone of fibrils; spores substantially longer than above; chrysocystidia apparently not present.|
|12.||Young cap wine red; reported from piles of hardwood debris in flooded lowlands in Illinois and Indiana.|
|12.||Cap otherwise colored; distribution and ecology various.|
|13.||Stem shaggy-scaly; cap slimy, dull yellow to orangish; found in woods; spores 12-14 µ long; chrysocystidia absent.|
|13.||Not completely as above.|
|14.||Growing in grass, on dung, in woodchips, in gardens, and so on.|
|15.||Found in western North America under aspens, cottonwoods, and alders (especially in riparian ecosystems); mature cap 3-5 cm across; spores 11-15 µ long; chrysocystidia apparently absent.|
|15.||Not completely as above.|
|16.||Cap whitish (sometimes with a yellowish center); fresh stem dry; reported from Michigan and California.|
|16.||Cap honey yellow; fresh stem with a slimy sheath; reported near Seattle "among leaves in woods" and from Oregon "on humus under spruce."|
|17.||Ring fairly persistent, usually remaining throughout development.|
|17.||Ring ephemeral, usually disappearing with maturity or persisting merely as a zone of fibrils.|
|18.||Fresh, young cap whitish; spores 10-13 µ long.|
|18.||Fresh, young cap yellow to yellowish; spores 7-11 µ long or 13-16 µ long.|
|19.||Growing in grassy areas across North America; spores 7-11 x 4.5-5.5 µ.|
|19.||Growing in wood chips and in waste places on the West Coast; spores 13-16 x 7-9 µ.|
|20.||Fresh stem with a slimy sheath; cap convex to nearly round, but not bell-shaped; spores 15-19 µ long.|
|20.||Not completely as above.|
|21.||Growing in wood chips in western North America; cap 3-5 cm across, yellow becoming whitish; spores 11-15 µ long.|
|21.||Not completely as above.|
|22.||Cap 1-2.5 cm across, bell-shaped, yellowish brown with a darker center; spores 17-19 µ long.|
|22.||Cap slightly larger than above, convex to planoconvex, paler than above; spores shorter.|
|23.||Stem about 2 mm thick; widely distributed in North America.|
|23.||Stem about 5-10 mm thick; apparently eastern in distribution.|
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