O. canarii

In culture

Oudemansiella canarii (Jungh.) v. Höhnel

Photograph by R. E. Halling, © 2001

This pale colored agaric always occurs on dead wood and has a pantropical distribution. When absolutely fresh, the pileus is grey with white to rarely pale grey, felty patches from the rupture of a universal veil, and the stipe has an ephemeral annulus. Any rain soon removes these velar remnants. The subdistant, pearl white lamellae have fimbriate edges indicating the presence of copious cheilocystidia. The mushroom is widely scattered in the Talamancas, typically in non-ectotroph forests. It will form basidiomata in artificial culture. The mating system was described by Petersen & Halling in Trans. Mycol. Soc. Japan 34: 409-421. 1993.

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