Distribution: It occurs thoughout the PNW, elsewhere in northern North America, and in Europe and Asia.
Habitat: Grows on conifer logs.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
conifer tuft, smoky-gilled woodlover
In the PNW, Hypholoma capnoides probably is the most commonly eaten, for food, of the species in these three genera, although it probably is not on the top-ten list of many mycophagists. It grows in clusters on conifer logs and can be quite abundant at times. Unusual for a hypholoma, it can have a viscid cap, although most guides report it as dry to moist only. Its gills are grayish when young and the flesh has a mild taste, both of which characteristics separate it from the similar H. fasciculare.