Entoloma strictius (Straight-stalked Entoloma)

Description: Gray-brown, knobbed cap with pinkish gills and lined, straight stalk.

Cap: 1-2" (2.5-5 cm) wide; conical becoming bell-shaped to convex or flat with central knob; margin lined when moist; smooth, drying grayish-brown.

Gills: attached or nearly free, moderately close and broad; white at first, becoming pinkish.

Stalk: 2-4" (5-10 cm) long, 1/16-1/4" (1.5-5 mm) thick; silky, long straight, with longitudinal, twisted lines; off-white to grayish; base covered with white threads (mycelium).

Spores: 10-13 X 7.5-9 m; elliptical, angular, 5- to 6-sided. Spore print salmon-pink.

Edibility: Poisonous.

Season: April-September.

Habitat: On the ground, in deep humus or on rotting logs; in wet areas of woods.

Range: E. Canada to Florida, west to Great Lakes.

Look-alikes: similar species of Entoloma can only be differentiated microscopically. Melanoleuca species have white spores.

Comments: Also known as Nolanea strictior. This eastern Entoloma is reportedly poisonous.

Entoloma strictius image and excerpt from Gary H. Lincoff's National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, (1981/2004, p. 646 , image #274).

Entoloma strictius (Straight-stalked Entoloma)