Name: Pluteus cervinus
Authority: (Schaeff.) P. Kumm. 1871
Vouchered by: Brad Bomanz
Date found: 11/5/2005
Collected by: Brad Bomanz
Voucher ID: 41
Confirming Mycologist: Dr. Andrew Methven
Latitude: 038.621 N
Longitude: 090.696 W
City: Wildwood
County: St. Louis
State: Missouri
Site location: Babler State Park
Habitat: ridge - wooded
Moisture conditions: very moist
Substrate: wood - rotted
Reference document: The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms - 1981
Author:Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN No: 0-394-51992-2
Page no:675
Spore length: 7 - 8.5 microns
Spore width: 5 - 6 microns
Spore color: hyaline
Spore texture: smooth
Spore shape: elliptical
Spore print color: pinkish-brown
Chemical reaction: n/d

This is the most frequently collected Pluteus and one of the most common mushrooms in North America. It is edible, but good only when very young. Close examination by Dr. Methven (see annotation above) recommends reading the paper by Andrew M. Minnis et. al. on Pluteus cervinus, as this specimen of Pluteus cervinus is actually a species complex. You can read this document by clicking on the "Check for Added ID Material" link above and then click on the "/ReferenceDocuments/R004101.pdf" link. The document is titled "Species recognition in Pluteus and Volvopluteus (Pluteaceae, Agaricales): morphology, geography and phylogeny".

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