Name: Parasola plicatilis
Authority: (Curtis) Redhead, Vilgalys & Hopple 2001
Vouchered by: Joe Walsh
Date found: 9/13/2009
Collected by: Joe Walsh
Voucher ID: 141
Confirming Mycologist: Dr Andrew Methven
Latitude: 038.515 N
Longitude: 090.474 W
City: Fenton
County: St. Louis
State: Missouri
Site location: 660 Green Hedge Drive
Habitat: lawn
Moisture conditions: moist
Substrate: grass
Reference document: The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms - 1981
Author:Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN No: 0-394-51992-2
Page no:600
Spore length: 10 microns
Spore width: 8 microns
Spore color: black
Spore texture: smooth
Spore shape: broadly oval
Spore print color: black
Chemical reaction: n/d
A.K.A. Japanese Umbrella Inky. A very common, small, very fragile mushroom found on lawns the day following soaking rains in summer. It appears early in the morning, but shrivels up and is gone within a few hours. The very thin, fragile stem is hollow, but this is difficult to determine unless you cut it with a very thin, sharp knife. Spore print is very dark, and relatively easy to obtain. Is similar to C. lagopus, but the latter has spores that are not as broad, and is a woodland species. Close examination by Dr. Methven (see annotation above) combined with the 2015 DNA analysis confirmed that this specimen is Parasola plicatilis. For further information on this species, not this exact specimen, go to Michael Kuo's website: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/parasola_plicatilis.html

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