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Conical Brittlestem

Psathyrella conopilus (Fr.) A. Pearson & Dennis 1949


Seen when they are moist after rain and glistening in the sunshine, a group of fresh Conical Brittlestems makes a truly wonderful display, grouped as they invariably are on compacted layers of twigs or buried wood of deciduous broadleaf trees. Like so many hygrophanous mushrooms, once the caps have dried they lose their lustre and become matt and much paler. The tall, straight stems are helpful identifying features of these 'little brown mushrooms' ( )


Ecology: Saprobic; growing scattered to gregariously or in loose clusters of 2-4 mushrooms (but not densely clustered) from the deadwood or litter of hardwoods, or from dung; found in hardwood forests or in cultivated areas; spring and fall; widely distributed in North America. Cap: 2-5 cm; broadly conical, often becoming broadly bell-shaped or nearly convex; bald; sometimes becoming radially wrinkled; dull reddish brown, fading to buff; changing color markedly as it dries out; without veil remnants. Gills: Attached to the stem; close; brownish at first, becoming dark purplish brown to nearly black; with whitish edges. Stem: 6-19 cm long; up to 5 mm thick; equal; fragile; hollow; bald or very finely silky; white; without a ring. Flesh: Thin; fragile; watery brownish. Odor and Taste: Not distinctive. Spore Print: Black ( )


In the BBC series "Wild Food", Gordon Hillman related an incident where he was accidentally given a sample of Psathyrella instead of edible mushrooms. After consuming the mushrooms, Hillman drank a glass of beer and suffered an adverse reaction, suffering blue-and-white monochrome vision followed by memory problems and breathing difficulties. Hillman recovered after having his stomach pumped. The looping memory problems Hillman experienced are similar to those caused by consumption of Amanita Pantherina (wikipedia) ( ), ( )

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AlexKonig 10 years ago

not of every, there are to much missing!!! but i try to get there !!!! :)

Smith'sZoo 10 years ago

You must have a picture of every mushroom in Holland! This is a wonderful collection. Well done!

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Heerlen, Limburg, Netherlands

Spotted on Dec 9, 2011
Submitted on Mar 14, 2012

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