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Xeromphalina kauffmanii A. H. Smith

Photograph by R. E. Halling ©, 1996

This species will occur by the hundreds on many occasions wherever there are downed oak logs. The omphaloid habit; dark, wiry stipe that arises from a tuft of tawny basal mycelium; and the yellow orange colors are good field characters. This is another example of a saprobic, North Temperate agaric that has migrated south with oak communities.