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Is this pale brittle stem? and is it edible?

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Also this was found after first rain in November north California in my back yard.

Also this was found after first rain in November north California in my back yard.

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I had not heard the name "Pale Brittle Stem", but now I see on Wiki that it refers to the species Candolleomyces candolleanus (which Wiki refers to by it's old scientific name, Psathyrella candolleana). This is a fitting common name; the stems are so brittle/fragile that the mushroom is difficult to handle without having it break apart.

So, are the ones seen here C. candolleanus? The appearance fits the general description of the species. But, C. candolleanus mushrooms are somewhat variable in appearance. And there are other species (still housed in genus Psathyrella) that have similar appearance. Mushroom Expert says that using a microscope is necessary to gain full confidence in IDing C. candolleanus. I recommend not eating these types of mushrooms. 

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