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Pluteus nanus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 3 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Pluteus nanus (Dwerghertenzwam (BE) / Dwarf Shield (EN) / Flockigbereifter Dachpilz (DE) /Plutée nain (FR) ) is a fungus in the Plutaceae family. Recognizing a mushroom in the Pluteus genus is not very diffucult: spore prints are pink and gills are free from the stem. There is no volva, which separates them from Volvariella. They are almost all wood-rotting saprobes which seperates them from Entolomas as these do not typically grow on wood. For identification into species-level often requires a microscope to study the spores. Microscopic analysis was performed on this one by some members of the "COLLYBIA"-group that I accompany every tuesday in their search for mushrooms, plants and mosses.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 19/09/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/4 second F/4.5 ISO 200 60 mm

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@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

Wonderful light and colours !
Kind regards

3 Oct 2010 8:20am

@@Look: Thank you for your visit and comment, Jean. Have a nice day.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

You always have a nice background, great lighting, and excellent focus. So I will comment on the interesting structure of the species you find-this one has a more typical "mushroom" look that we all recognize. Of course the biology of each species is what is unknown to me until you explain it.

3 Oct 2010 1:56pm

@Julie Brown: I only show my best images of course :p This is indeed the traditional mushroom-type mushroom - like most of the species we find around here. My interest goes mainly to the not typical formed species but I have to learn them all :-) Have a nice day, Julie and thanks again for your extensive comment.

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Another stunning shot, I find mosses fascinating too and also lichens the Collybia group sound very interesting.

4 Oct 2010 9:04am

@Christine: I forgot to mention: the collybia-group has some lichen-specialist too. It is realy inspiring going into nature with those people. I'm learning a lot since I joined them. Maybe you can search for such a group in your neighbourhood to join?

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Unfortunately the nearest is 40 miles away, which would be in the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. I did do an RHS course there and traveled up every week. It is the only downside of living way out in the hills, we do have to travel quite a journey to do anything like this. Perhaps I should try and find someone with knowledge to start something locally.

6 Oct 2010 9:12am

@Christine: That is indeed a distance ... I hope you can find some people locally to share mutual interests. Greetz !

Canon EOS 400D
1/4 second
ISO 200
60 mm