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Mushroom with light brown, extremely fibrillose (hairy) pileus. Center of cap has a raised, dark brown, button-like projection. Gills are cream, crowded, and free from the stem. The stipe is light brown and fibrillose as well. A member of the Marasmiaceae family, Crinipellis zonata is saprobic on hardwood debris. It also harbors enzymes (which normally decay wood) which are capable of breaking down pyrene, a PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon).
Growing below a rotting log (appears to be in soil and not on wood) at the base of a ridge in dense mixed hardwood/pine forest. Northwest Georgia. Log is covered in white crust fungus.
Spotted on Nov 11, 2017
Submitted on Nov 13, 2017