The Santa Cruz Mycoflora Project

A Comprehensive Reference to the Macrofungi of Santa Cruz County

Genus: Arrhenia

Family: Tricholomataceae

Arrhenia retiruga

Arrhenia retiruga

Arrhenia retiruga

Known Species in the County

Approximately 3 species in Santa Cruz County.

Arrhenia Records from Santa Cruz County:

Fruitbody morphology quite diverse in this genus; most are agaricoid but others have highly reduced fertile surfaces and stipes. Saprophytic-parasitic. Most, if not all appear to have strong associations with specific mosses, liverworts, or algal films. Many are presumed to be parasitic on their associated cryptogams.

Identification usually straightforward, pay attention to substrate, coloration, and overall structure and stature.