Cambridge, Mass.. on Prof. Charles Palache's tennis court, Buckingham Place. On the ground, near grass. Solitary specimen.
July 2, 1907
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Pileus white or nearly so, shining (from the presence of fine, silky fibers which are scarcely visible to the naked eye), somewhat umbonate. Margin striate (in fresh specimens) a little more than one-third the way to the disk. The fibrous clothing is more distinctly visible on the margin because of the separation of it into striae beneath. Umbo not tinted; pileus concolorous throughout. The little fibrils cover the whole cap, and stand out rather clearly, though they are neither erect nor reflexed, possibly lifted a little at the ends, in which respect they are not unlike those on the pileus of V. bombycina, but of course, much smaller. The margin of the pileus is not fimbriate.
Stipe smooth, though of a fibrous nature, white, shining, solid within (and there finely fibrous), equal, only a trifle expanded down in the volva, at the very base. Flesh also white and shining. The whiteness of the stipe is that of a white, somewhat translucent, body.
Gills free, except for a fine tooth which stretches out perilously close to the stem (but the gills are undoubtedly free), irregularly unequal, rather thick, somewhat distant, broad for their size (broadest near the margin of the pileus, tapering rather suddenly toward the stem); edges even.
Volva tri-lobed, slightly ochraceous outside, paler inside, rather flaccid, not very thick, though not papyraceous, both inner and outer surface somewhat rough.
Spores about as shown. There seemed to be no distinct nucleus visible, most of them had an irregular, large globule which nearly filled the entire spore. Others were more granular within. They measured about 6 microns long, and appeared almost globose.
Louis C. C. Krieger
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Common names were obtained from the following sources:
Miller, Orson K. and David F. Farr. An index of the common fungi of North America, synonymy and common names. Vaduz [Liechtenstein]: J. Cramer, 1975. 206 p.
Lincoff, Gary. The National Audubon Society field guide to North American mushrooms. New York: Knopf: Distributed by Random House, c1998. 926 p.
Smith, Alexander H. The mushroom hunter's field guide. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, c1980. 316 p.