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by Michael Kuo
Spathulariopsis velutipes and the similar Spathularia flavida look like claymation characters in a kids movie about kitchen utensils. Though they are difficult to distinguish from each other, these two species are not likely to be confused with anything else in the mushroom world; the flattened, clearly distinct, spatula-like head that descends the stem on either side is very distinctive.
Unlike Spathularia flavida, Spathulariopsis velutipes has a minutely fuzzy, brownish stem, and orange basal mycelium. In addition, its spores are shorter and it bears a veil-like covering when in the button stage (which leads mycologists to place it in its own genus, Spathulariopsis).
Ecology: Saprobic; growing gregariously or in clusters on the decaying wood of conifers--or on the ground amid conifer debris; summer and fall; fairly widely distributed east of the Great Plains.
Fruiting Body: Roughly spatula-shaped, with a flattened head portion at the top of a stem, usually running down the stem on either side of it; the head portion up to 5 cm across, yellowish or cream colored, wrinkled or fairly smooth, when young with a veil-like covering (almost never actually seen by collectors); stem up to 6 cm long and 1 cm thick, brownish, velvety or fuzzy, with orangish basal mycelium. Flesh insubstantial, whitish. Odor none.
Microscopic Features: Spores 33-43 x 1.5-3 µ; needle-shaped; smooth; often septate.
REFERENCES: (Cooke & Farlow) Maas Geesteranus, 1972. (Saccardo, 1889; Smith, Smith & Weber, 1981; Phillips, 1991/2005; Lincoff, 1992; Barron, 1999; Roody, 2003; McNeil, 2006; Miller & Miller, 2006.) Herb. Kuo 09130403.
Spathularia velutipes is a synonym.
Further Online Information:
Spathularia velutipes at Roger's Mushrooms
Cite this page as:
Kuo, M. (2005, January). Spathulariopsis velutipes. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/spathulariopsis_velutipes.html