Lacrymaria lacrymabunda (Weeping Widow)
Europe, North America
Cap 2-10 cm diameter, stem 4-8 cm tall * 0.5-1 cm diameter
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Lacrymaria lacrymabunda, also known as the Weeping Widow, is a medium-sized agaric with a yellowish-brown cap with a ragged margin, dark brown gills, and a ring zone. It grows solitary or in tufts, on soil among grass by paths in woods and on roadside verges.

Cap ochraceous-tan, becomes darker brown. It starts off convex and broadly umbonate, then expands. Initially, it is woolly and fibrous but becomes smooth over time, with a ragged margin and velar remnants. The flesh is ochraceous-brown, rather soft and thick at the centre. Gills adnexed to free, start off yellow-brown with a pale edge, but darken to mottled dark brown and eventually black with spores. When moist, the gill edges retain black watery droplets. Stem paler brown than the cap but becomes more russet towards the base. It has a fibrous texture and features a ring zone of pale fibers that quickly get stained black by falling spores. The stem remains approximately equal in size throughout. Spore print black.

Microscopic Features: The spores are ellipsoidal to lemon-shaped, warty, measuring 8-11 x 5-7μm, and possess a germ pore.

Synonyms: Lacrymaria velutina is seen as a synonym by some authors.

Lacrymaria lacrymabunda on the First Nature Web site.
Lacrymaria velutina on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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