Scientific name: Xeromphalina campanella (Batsch.)
Derivation of name: Campan- means "bell" and ella is
diminutive. Campanella means "small bells."
Synonyms: Omphalia campanella (Batsch.) Quel.
Common name(s): Fuzzy foot; Golden trumpets; Bell
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; in dense
clusters on decaying conifer wood; May through November.
Dimensions: Caps 0.3-2.5 cm wide; stipes 1-5 cm long and
0.5-3 mm thick.
Cap: Brownish-yellow to orange-yellow or yellowish,
darker in the depressed center;
smooth; shiny; margin
Gills: Decurrent; with crossveins; pale yellow or orange.
Spore print: Buff or whitish.
Stipe: Yellowish at apex, reddish-brown toward base; base
covered with tuft of orange or tawny mycelium.
Comments: Xeromphalina kauffmanii is nearly
identical but grows on hardwood. In the field, the two
species are difficult to distinguish if the identity of the
wood substrate is unknown.
More information at MushroomExpert.com:
More information at TomVolkFungi.net:
Figure 1. Xeromphalina campanella growing on the
remains of a rotting hemlock stump. Photo © Gary
Figure 2. A common habitat of Xeromphalina campanella
Photo © William Roody.
Figure 3. The stipes are often curved away from the
substrate. Photo © Pam Kaminski.
Figure 4. Do they look like "little bells?"
Photo © Pam Kaminski.
Figure 5. A dense, cespitose cluster. Photo © Steve Nelsen.
Figure 6. The gills
of Xeromphalina campanella are
crossveined. Can you see the veinlike tissue
one gill to another? Photo © Gary Emberger.
Figure 7. Stipes are yellowish at apex, reddish-brown
toward base; bases are
covered with tufts of orangish
mycelium. Photo © Gary Emberger.
Figure 8. The tuft of tawny hairs (hyphae) at the base of the
stipe gives rise to the common name fuzzy foot.
Photo © Gary Emberger.