GYMNOPUS DRYOPHILUS

Gymnopus dryophilus
TRICHLOMATACEAE (Trichlomataceae)

Description
The cap of this mushroom ranges from 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter and is smooth in texture. It is convex with an incurved margin. It is dark reddish brown to brown when young and becomes tan to orangish brown to very pale. The gills are attached to the stem or free from it. They range from white to pink and are crowded. The stem is about 4 inches long. Photo B was taken a day later than A. Note the subtle change in color.

Occurrence
This mushroom is usually found in oak and pine woods. Its overall occurrence in Fontenelle Forest is not known. This one was found on cottonwood trail. It is common throughout many areas of the country.

Comments
This mushroom is also known as Collybia dryophila.

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