Large dark brown fruiting body, smooth with concentric rings, 6.2 cm diam x 6 cm height. Gills pink-beige with dark edge. Stipe brown fibrous over entire length, 8 mm diam. with bulbous base. Cap cells with pseudoclamps. Gill face cystidia distinctive, thick walled, apex with prongs. Gill edge cystidia clavate. No stipe cystidia. Spores about 5-5.3 x 3.6-3.9 u. On collapsed very rotten wood of fallen trunk in remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest.
In landscaping with no trees nearby. Emerging where landscaping shredded wood met concrete. Cap has slight yellow color. Volva is thin but large.
Medium sized Pluteus, largest fruiting body 3.5 cm diam x 3.5 cm height. Cap light brown with darker squamules radiating out from darker centre. Gills pink, concolorous. Stipe = 4 mm diam. Remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest.
Second fruiting on same log of this small Pluteus with yellow tones. Cap surface distinctly wrinkled/reticulate, slightly raised in centre, golden brown 2 cm diam. x 3 cm height. Gills free, pink with yellow tones. Stipe yellow, about 2 mm diam. Cap cells are a distinctive ellipsoid shape with brown pigment. Gill face cystidia broadly utriform. Gill edge cystidia variable. No stipe cystidia. Closest match to a New Zealand described species is Pluteus pauperculus. Mature coastal broadleaf forest on large fallen branch under a huge puriri and the wood is possibly puriri.
Small Pluteus on soil. Cap dark fibres raised into scales over light tan cap, 1.8 cm diam. x 2 cm height. Gills pink, concolorous. Stipe grey, flocculose, 1.5 mm diam. with small rooting rhizoids. Microscopically cap cells distinctive in groups of segmented cells with terminal cell tapered. Pleurocystidia broadly fusiform. Sporeprint pink. One of two different Pluteus seen on soil in this small area of remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest.
Small Pluteus on very rotten small branch on ground. Cap tan-brown colour with wrinkles in centre, 2 cm diam. x 2 cm height. Gills pink, concolorous. Stipe cream, flocculose, 2 mm diam. Microscopically cap cells generally ovoid to conical, some with a tapered apex. Some cheilocystidia with distinct projection. Very few (if any) pleurocystidia seen although a few gill face cells with projections which may be pleurocystidia? Remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest.
Medium sized Pluteus with mid-brown cap on very rotten small branch. Juvenile fruiting body lighter in colour. Cap size 1.5-3.5 cm diam. x 2-4 cm height. Gills pink concolorous. Stipe cream, flocculose, 2-3 mm diam. Microscopically the terminal cap cells have no pigment. The pleurocystidia are plentiful with shape generally fusiform with a conical apex and variable width. Sporeprint pink. Remnant mature coastal broadleaf forest.
The Pluteaceae are a family of small to medium-sized mushrooms which have free gill attachment and pink spores. Members of Pluteaceae can be mistaken for members of Entolomataceae, but can be distinguished by their angled spores and attached gills. The four genera in the Pluteaceae include the widely distributed Volvariella and Pluteus, the rare Chamaeota, and Volvopluteus, newly described in 2011 as a result of molecular analysis. The Dictionary of the Fungi (10th edition, 2008) estimates...