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Key to Pink-Spored, Gilled Mushrooms  

by Michael Kuo

1.With a volva at the base of the stem.

1.Without a volva.

2.Growing on wood (sometimes from buried wood and thus appearing terrestrial; Pluteus petasatus is the most common deceptively terrestrial species).

2.Growing terrestrially (very rarely on wood).

3.Without a stem.

3.With a central to off-center stem.

4.Cap pinkish tan to reddish, "netted" with ridges; flesh in cap rubbery and gelatinous; stem sometimes off-center; all parts turning green with iron salts.

4.Not as above.

5.Spore print pale pinkish; spores elliptical or nearly round--neither angular nor ribbed (though they may be finely roughened).

5.Spore print deep pink, salmon, or even reddish; spores angular or ribbed.

6.Cap or stem often with purplish to pale lilac shades when fresh and young--or if white, then typically growing in tight clusters; spores not dextrinoid, sometimes finely roughened.
Section Lepista of Clitocybe
See C. nuda.

6.Purple shades absent; cap never white; spores dextrinoid, smooth.
See Collybioid Mushrooms.

7.Cap whitish, with a waxy margin; gills running down the stem; odor mealy; spores pointed-elliptical, ridged.

7.Not with the above combination of macroscopic characters; spores angular, cubic, 5- or 6-sided (etc.), warted, or longitudinally ribbed.

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