Plums-and-custard and the decorated mop

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on November 8.

The “shroom season” is winding down, and we will move on to other topics soon, but not quite yet!

Here are a few fungi in the genus Tricholomopsis. As far as I know, there are only 2 species in this genus in our area.  Both of these usually grow on rotten conifer wood.

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  1. and 2.  Plums & custard (Tricholomopsis rutilans). From a beach log on the upper shore at Seal Bay. The plum-coloured cap and stipe and creamy-yellow gills complement each other nicely.
  1. Decorated mop (Tricholomopsis decora). This fancy yellow fungus has fibrils and scales on the cap that become dark brown at the centre. Photographed here from the Rosewall Creek trail.
  1. An older specimen of the decorated mop from the Buttle Lake area. This one was almost ready to keel over and looks quite different from the young version, but the yellow colour and brown fibrils in the centre of the cap are distinctive. 
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