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Lacrymaria sp.


Largest ones about 90mm across and 90mm tall. Flat, furry, dark brown caps with dark chocolate brown gills on a thin, brittle hollw brown stipe. Mycelium showing around the base. No signs of annulus or veils. Dark spores?


In a short grass clearing surrounded by mostly eucalyptus. A local nature reserve.


"Weeping widow" Lacrymaria lacrymabunda possibly introduced. Possibly Lacrymaria velutipes. Confusion exists down-under in Australia.
phylum: Basidiomycota
subphylum: Agaricomycotina
class: Agaricomycetes
subclass: Agaricomycetidae
order: Agaricales
family: Psathyrellaceae

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Thanks MM. Checking locals now...

MichelBeeckman 6 years ago

Looks like Lacrymaria indeed!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Thanks RandyL. I'll check that out tomorrow.

RandyL. 6 years ago

The mottled gills and the somewhat fuzzy cap point to Lacrymaria, not sure which species you get in Australia though.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Thanks, Mark. Very creepy. Great shots.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Two conjoined? stipes as they go to ground with mycelia exposed. Yes these are something I haven't seen before.. so flat so furry.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

I can't quite make out what it is I'm looking at in the last photo. Help :-/

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Cool spotting, Mark. I don't think I've ever seen one with a furry cap before. Very nice.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Apr 24, 2014
Submitted on Apr 26, 2014

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