Syll. fung. 11: 44. 1895.
Common Name: none
Synonyms: Pluteus lutescens (Fr.) Bres.; Pluteus nanus subsp. lutescens (Fr.) Konrad & Maubl.; Pluteus splendidus A. Pearson.
Cap 30-75 mm broad, obtuse-conic becoming convex to plano-convex, with or without a low umbo; margin decurved to level at maturity, obscurely striate; surface moist, finely wrinkled, (use hand lens) dark brown to dark olive brown at disc, paler towards margin; context relatively thin, up to 5 mm thick near disc, watery dull yellow; taste mild; odor not distinctive.
Gills free, close, cream-colored, becoming pale yellow, developing pinkish tones in age, relatively broad, up to 7 mm in width; edges fringed (use hand lens); lamellulae in two to three series
Stipe 20-50 x 5-10 mm in width, round, with a pith-like core, equal to slightly enlarged below; surface finely striate, cream-colored, becoming pale yellow to yellow; partial veil absent.
Spores 5.5-7.5 x 5.0-7.0 microns, subglobose to ovoid, smooth, hilar appendage not conspicuous, inamyloid; spores pinkish in deposit; pileipellis composed of globose to pyriform cells.
Found in ones and twos on well-rotted logs, branches, and debris of hardwoods such as oaks (Quercus spp., and Tanbark oak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus), occasionally with conifers; known from coastal forests and likely present in the Sierra Nevada; fruiting from late fall to mid-winter; fairly common.
Unknown; probably edible, but too infrequent and unsubstantial to have culinary value.
Pluteus romellii is recognized by a dark brown, sometimes olive brown, wrinkled central cap that shades to yellowish brown or olivaceous brown at the margin; gills that are cream-colored to pale yellow, and a cream to pale yellow striate stipe also help to define the species. Pluteus leoninus, formerly known as P. flavofuligineus, is a look-alike with a yellowish brown cap, but can be distinguished by a velvet-like, not wrinkled, cap surface and taller aspect. An important microscopic difference is the structure of the pileipellis. The pileipellis of P. leoninus is composed of fusiform shaped cells, while in Pluteus romellii, globose to pyriform cells.
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