Taxonomy and Systematics
Species: Baeospora myriadophylla (Peck) Singer
Notes on taxonomy: The genus Baeospora was established in 1938 by the German mycologist, Rolf Singer. Since its creation Baeospora has undergone different placements in families such as Tricholomataceae and Marasmiaceae. The Baeospora genus has been found to be part of the hydropoid clade (Hydropus and allies). Baeospora myriadophylla is also known as the Lavender Baeospora.
I keyed my specimen with Bessette et al's "Mushrooms of Northeaster North America" and confirmed with other sources.
Baeospora myriadophylla caps vary from convex to flat and can have a depression. The smooth caps are 1-4 cm in diameter and slightly moist. Baeospora myriadophylla caps originate as a lavender to dull lavender, and when matured they change to a ochre-buff, starting at the center. The gills are attached and become detached when aged. The tightly clustered gills are vary in color from dull lavender to lavender. The stalks can grow as tall as 5 cm and a maximum of 3 mm wide and are dry and smooth with a lavender to brownish lavender pigmentation. The stalks often have long hairs at the base. Baeospora myriadophylla spore prints are white. Leccinum holopus fruit alone or in groups on decaying conifer and hardwoods, preferring hemlocks. Baeospora myriadophylla typically fruit between the months of June and October.
The edibility of Leccinum holopus is unknown.
Campus distribution and habitat
My Baeospora myriadophylla specimens were found on a maple tree and on a decaying stick at the beginning of the Blue Trail at 1:00 pm on Monday, 3 October, 2011.
- Barron, George L. Mushrooms of Northeast North America: Midwest to New England. Edmonton: Lone Pine, 1999. Print.
- Bessette, Alan E., Arleen R. Bessette, and David W. Fischer. Mushrooms of Northeaster North America. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse UP, 1997. Print.
- Baeospora. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Web. 4 Oct. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baeospora>.
- Baeospora myriadophylla. Index Fungorum. Web. 4 Oct. 2011. <http://www.indexfungorum.org/Names/NamesRecord.asp?RecordID=271947>.
Edarham2 21:17, 4 October 2011 (UTC)