Lacrymaria velutina


Common Names: Weeping widow
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Lacrymaria genus


Cap is 3 to 12 cm; convex when young, expanding to broadly convex, flat, or very broadly bell-shaped; dry; densely hairy but sometimes becoming more or less smooth in age; often becoming radially wrinkled; the margin usually hung with whitish partial veil remnants, at least when young; yellow-brown to cinnamon brown or orangish brown. Gills are attached to the stem or free from it; crowded; pale at first, later dark brown and mottled; with whitish edges. Stem is 5 to 15 cm long; 0.5 to 1.5 cm thick; equal, or with a swollen base; hairy; with a fragile ring or a ring zone that is darkened by spores; white above, pale brownish below; hollow; basal mycelium white.

It is a saprobic fungus; growing alone, gregariously, or in clusters on lawns, in pastures, along roads and in gravelly soil, usually near recently dead hardwood trees; sometimes in woods; summer through fall.

Edible Notes: Some reports suggest that it's edible but must be cooked and consumed quickly after harvesting or else it will deliquesce into a sticky black mess.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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