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Cap: Brownish-yellow to orange-yellow or yellowish, darker in the depressed center; smooth; shiny; margin striate. Caps 0.3-2.5 cm wide; Stipe: Yellowish at apex, reddish-brown toward base; base covered with tuft of orange or tawny mycelium Stipes 1-5 cm long and 0.5-3 mm thick
Widely distributed in North America Saprobic; in dense clusters on decaying conifer wood May through November.
Xeromphalina kauffmanii is nearly identical but grows on hardwood. In the field, the two species are difficult to distinguish if the identity of the wood substrate is unknown.