Cap virgate-streaked in an irregular and scattered fashion. Whole plant (except the cap) more whitish when perfectly fresh. The distinctive colors develop with age. Yellow begins to appear on the gills, near the margin of the cap. At first this color is rather pale, becoming more reddish-yellow as it spreads. Red tints appear on the stem as the plant grows more mature.
The species is usually smaller than shown, the average diameter of the cap being 3.75 cm., yet, Rowell, in the "Swampkarta" (prepared under his direction), represents a plant slightly larger than my largest.
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.