Scientific name: Spathulariopsis velutipes (Cooke &
ex Cooke) Maas Geest.
Derivation of name: Velut- means "velvety" and pes
means "foot" or "base."
Synonyms: Spathularia velutipes Cooke & Farlow
Common name(s): Velvet-foot fairy fan; Velvety fairy
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; in groups
or clusters on rotting hardwood logs or on the ground;
July to September.
Dimensions: Up to 7 cm tall.
Description: The combination of the yellowish to
brownish-yellow compressed head on the velvety,
ochre to reddish-brown stalk is distinctive.
Comments: A dense, orange, basal mycelium typically
occurs at the base of the stalk.
More information at MushroomExpert.com:
Figure 1. Typical fruiting
of Spathulariopsis velutipes.
heads. Photo © William Roody.