Because of this dearth of fungi, I was doing a quick last minute gleaning of the woods beside the parking lot hoping to add to the meagre display on the identification table when—through my dripping glasses—I spotted a tight clump of whitish mushrooms among the fallen leaves. My first thought was that they were Coprinoid. Knowing that I wouldn't be bringing it home if they weren't easily identified (I knew they'd liquify before I'd have time to get to them), I just roughly grabbed a couple as a sample.
|The first engraving of Volvariella surrecta by John Leonard |
Knapp, 1829, showing strangely unaffected hosts.
|The host of the ones I found, Leucopaxillus albissimus, |
was barely recognizable as a mushroom.
|Volvariella surrecta emerges from a well-developed volva, or cup.|
|Volvariella surrecta is usually found on Clitocybe nebularis. (Wikipedia)|
|Though rare, Volvariella surrecta is easy to recognize.|
|There were lots of little nubbin babies waiting in the wings.|