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Conocybe cyanopus (Akins) Kühner


Conocybe cyanopus (Atkins) Kühner.


Cap: .7-1.2 (2-5) cm broad. Hemispherical to convex, expanding to broadly convex with age, sometimes conic. Margin translucent-striate when moist. Yellow-umber to cinnamon or reddish-cinnamon.

Gills: adnexed, close and broad. Dull rusty brown with a white fringe along the margin.

Stem: 20-40 mm long x 1-1.4 thick.

Spores: 6.5-7.5 (.5) x 4.5-5µ.

Sporeprint: Rusty brown.

Habitat: Scattered in grassy areas and fields.

Distribution: Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, Canada.

Season: Spring, Summer and fall.

Comment: This species grows in sphagnum moss only during the early spring rains along streams and riverbanks in grassy areas. I found this species only four times during the past 35 years. It has a watery white stem with an enlarged base which immediately stains blue when lifted from the earth and moss.

Dosage: 40-50 small specimens, 1/3 of a fresh ounce and/or 1 dried gram. This species grows only to three inches in height.

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