Gomphidius glutinosus (Slimy Spike)
North America, Europe
Cap 3-5 cm diameter, stem 2.5-4.5 cm tall * 0.4-1 cm thick
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Gomphidius glutinosus, also known as Slimy Spike, is a grey-brown agaric covered in a colourless, slimy veil. The stem has an indistinct ring zone, often stained black by spores, and its base is lemon-yellow. The mushroom forms a mycorrhizal association with spruce and grows in grass or needle litter beneath spruce trees.

Cap grey-brown, convex or bun-shaped, becoming expanded and flattened, heavily viscid when damp, becoming shiny when dry. Flesh dirty white, moderate, and firm. Gills at first whitish, becoming tinged olivaceous-grey when mature, deeply decurrent, thick. Stem dirty white, more or less equal, lemon yellow at the base. The ring is white, glutinous, and zone-like. Spore print dark sepia-brown.

Microscopic Features: The spores are subfusiform, smooth, measuring 17-20 x 5.5-7 μm.

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