This fungus is nick-named “poison pie” because despite its enticing appearance, it can cause sever gastrointestinal disturbances.
This fungus can be mycorrhizal on both hardwoods and conifers, and is widely distributed in North America. The mushroom can fruit in late summer or fall. This specimen was found in mulch in the MSU horticulture gardens in early November.
Caps are known to be 2-33 cm and convex, slimy or viscous when fresh. Whitish or pale tan often with darker coloring in the center, and an inrolled margin when young. Stalk is fairly even except the base is often enlarged. At the apex of the stalk, this species has characteristic white flakes. Gills are pale when young and crowded, becoming brownish with age. This specimen when collected was white, but gills turned golden brown after drying.
Spores are elliptical or almond shaped, and smooth or minutely roughened. Spore prints are dull brown, which I obtained (pictured below).
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