Pluteus cervinus grows on dead stumps and logs. The cap is dark brown to medium brown to gray. The cap is often shiny when dry. The gills start out white, then become dull pink as the spores color them. It has a white stem.
Id by mycologist Joe McFarland
Specimen produced a pinkish-orange spore print. Gathered with a permit from the refuge headquarters.
Pluteus cervinus, also known as Pluteus atricapillus and commonly known as the deer shield or the deer or fawn mushroom, is a mushroom that belongs to the large genus Pluteus. It is found on rotten logs, roots and tree stumps and is widely distributed. It can also grow on sawdust and other wood waste. Being very variable in appearance, it has been divided into several varieties or subspecies, some of which are sometimes considered species in...