Is this a Cavalier?

Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Is this a Cavalier?

Post by Heucherella » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:57 pm

Please excuse me - I expect this is common, but I am still learning and everything is new when you start!

This was on the unimproved grassland on the North Devon Coast. I didn't have a clue until I got the new Grassland Fungi book for Christmas, and there is a picture in there of Common Cavalier, Melanoleuca polioleuca, showing a similar shape. But it describes it as dry and leathery, whereas mine were very greasy to touch.

Thank you in advance
New at this, so full of questions!

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Re: Is this a Cavalier?

Post by adampembs » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:28 pm

Start with spore colour (by making a print) - much better approach than working through a book (with the variability of specimens being quite big depending on age, weather etc) . Most books divide into sections by spore colour anyway, and it is the starting point for any ID.
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Re: Is this a Cavalier?

Post by roy betts » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:53 am

Don't be surprised to find fungi in grassland that are not "grassland fungi". The gills and stipe seem to have a pink hue so this might be Lepista nuda (Wood Blewit).

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