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Parasola conopilus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 10 January 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/6 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

I like how the one of the right is slightly flipped up on the cap.

10 Jan 2012 5:24am

@Jaytee: Like a flirting couple in the woods ... :-)

christine from Oelegem, Belgium

I agree, it's like whispering.

10 Jan 2012 8:34am

@christine: Er stonden tientallen van zulke groepjes bij mekaar.... het is dan een kwestie van eerst goed rondkijken naar de meest interessante combinatie .... en deze vond ik wel wat hebben... een heimelijk flirtend koppeltje in het bos ... paddenstoelen nodigen altijd uit tot fantasie... :-) Groetjes !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Der Name ist der reinste Zungenbrecher ! Das Foto ist zauberhaft - besonders schön ist das frische grün im Hintergrund !

10 Jan 2012 1:02pm

@Loner: I agree, certainly the German name... but you have to agree the name is very properly chosen ... :-)

tatar@y from France

Quelle élégance ... Magnifique)

10 Jan 2012 8:14pm

@tatar@y: Mushrooms can be very elegant :-) I don't know why many people don't like them... Thanks for commenting.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


11 Jan 2012 3:35am

@john4jack: I'm always surprised in the divertisity of forms, colors and structures in mushrooms... Many of them are very elegant species ! Greetz !

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Lange benen en een leuk rokje, het is een mooi duo!

11 Jan 2012 7:39pm

@Lia: In een van de antwoorden op bovenstaande commentaren vergeleek ik het duo al met een "heimelijk flirtent koppeltje in het bos ..." Leuk toch dat foto's van paddenstoelen de fantasie zo kunnen aanspreken...

Canon EOS 400D
1/6 second
ISO 200
150 mm