Brown Dunce Cap Conocybe tenera (Schaeffer) Fayod  


Found scattered or in groups on lawns, fields, or in wooded areas.


Cap: Pale tawny to rusty-brown; conic/bell-shaped to almost flat; striate from disc to margin; flesh pale brown. Gills: Whitish when young to cinnamon-brown in age, close. Stalk: Whitish, becoming darker in age, thin and long for size of cap; base may be slightly enlarged. Fruiting body very fragile. Similar C. macrospore can only be separated by spore size. (J. Solem, pers. comm.)

There are 11 records in the project database.

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Brown Dunce Cap in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/5/2020). (c) davidmfrey, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by davidmfrey via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Brown Dunce Cap (fruiting bodies) in Howard Co., Maryland (5/9/2009). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

Spores collected from a Brown Dunce Cap specimen in Howard Co., Maryland (5/9/2009). Elliptical, smooth, w/ apical pore; measured 10.0-11.3 X 5.6-6.3 microns. Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

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