Parasola conopilus (syn: Psathyrella conopilus) (NL: Langsteelfranjehoed / EN: Conical Brittlestem / DE: Steifstieliger Kegelhutfaserling, Huthaarfaserling / FR: Psathyrelle conique) is a saprobic fungus, growing scattered to gregariously or in loose clusters of 2-4 mushrooms (but not densely clustered) from the deadwood or litter of hardwoods, or from dung. The cap is usually between 2-5 cm; broadly conical, often becoming broadly bell-shaped or nearly convex. The color fades from dull reddish brown to buff; changing color markedly as it dries out. The stem can reach a hight up to 19 cm ! Three papers published in a two-year period (Padamsee and collaborators, 2008; Larsson & Örstadius, 2008; Nagy and collaborators, 2009) presented DNA results that included Parasola conopilus. In all three studies specimens labeled Psathyrella conopilus grouped with the genus Parasola--usually in a basal position (suggesting that the species in Parasola may have evolved from a species like Parasola conopilus). Larsson and Örstadius simply transfer Psathyrella conopilus to Parasola as an official new combination.
Image: Schilde (B) - 14/10/2011
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