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Found in the red mulch along my house in upstate NY . Do mushrooms absorb some of the mulch dye? The mulch and the mushrooms are fairly close to the same color. 

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Maybe Tubaria furfuracea. A small brownish cap mushroom that grows during cold months in mulch. This would have a brown spore print. ?? I don't know about mushrooms absorbing dye but some people use certain mushrooms for dyeing purposes.

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I agree this is likely Tubaria furfuracea. This is one of the "exceptions" I referenced in Sherwood's other post. This species is often found whenever winter or early spring weather turns warmer. I once found it in Binghamton NY during February.  Spore print for this species is not quite brown, more ocher or dingy yellowish. 

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