The North American Species of Pholiota
160a. Pholiota pulchella var. brevipes var. nov.
Sporae 6.5-8 x 5-6.5 x 4-5 µ, stipes 1-2 cm longus, 2-3.5 cm crassus; lamellae ochraceae. Specimen typicum in Herb. Univ. Mich. conservatum est; legit prope Nordman, Idaho, Oct. 8, 1956. Smith 54284.
Pileus 2-3.5 cm broad, convex becoming plane, surface viscid but soon dry, disc pale "natal brown" (vinaceous brown), margin pale olive buff drying near ochre yellow, at first decorated with fibrillose squamules from the veil, glabrescent; margin long remaining appendiculate; context yellow, when cut staining inky gray, pliant, no odor or taste.
Lamellae broad and ventricose, close, pale yellow becoming dull ochraceous tawny, adnate to adnexed.
Stipe 1-2 cm long, 2-3.5 mm thick, equal, solid, bright yellow within, surface at first with yellowish squamules up to the yellow fibrillose zone, silky and yellow above, becoming brownish to reddish at base.
Spores 6.5-8 x 5-6.5 x 4-5µ, smooth, apex with a distinct pore and obscurely truncate in many spores, shape in face view more or less ovate, in profile more or less elliptic; color in KOH russet, paler in Melzer's reagent. Other characters as in the type form.
Habit, Habitat, and Distribution: Gregarious along a road in woods, Granite Creek, Nordman, Idaho, Oct. 8, 1956. Smith 54284, type.
Observations: The distinguishing features of this variety are the short relatively thick stipe for its length, the color change when the flesh is cut, and the generally more yellow coloration than in the type variety.