Baeospora myosura
conifer-cone baeospora, conifercone cap, conifer conecap, spruce-cone mushroom

Substrate: Spruce and Douglas fir cones

Spores: September to October

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Identification Notes:

Baeospora myosura (Fries) Singer also occurs on spruce (mostly) and Douglas-fir cones, but has has a brownish cap often with a pale edge that fades to pale tan, even more crowded buff gills, light brown, somewhat hairy stipe with whitish strands on the base, smaller (3--4.5 x 2--3 ┬Ám) weakly amyloid spores, clamp connections, and cap cuticle with mostly thin, flat-lying, hyphae. S. albipilatus (Peck) V.L. Wells & Kempton is a litter-inhabiting species that grows in scattered groups, usually at high elevation, often in the spring near melting snow. Despite its species epithet (Latin for white cap), the cap color usually is some shade of medium to dark brown.

Sources: Trudell, Steve and Joe Ammirati. Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. Portland, Timber Press, Inc. 2009. Lincoff, Gary. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1981.

Accepted Name:
Baeospora myosura (Fr.) Singer

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Baeospora myosura in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Baeospora myosura photos.

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