This section is from the book "Studies of American Fungi: Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, Etc.", by George Francis Atkinson. Also available from Amazon: Studies of American Fungi: Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, Etc..
This common and pretty species is easily recognized by its smoky or grayish color, the umbilicate pileus and very slimy stem. It grows on decaying leaves, sticks, etc., in woods. It occurs in clusters. The plants are small, 3-5 cm. high, the cap 4-7 mm. broad, and the stem about 1.5 mm. in thickness.
The pileus is thin, bell-shaped, then convex, and depressed at the center, with a papilla usually in the center, finely striate on the margin, and slightly viscid. The gills are white, thin, and finally decurrent, so that from the form of the cap and the decurrent gills the plant has much the appearance of an Ompha-lia. The stem is very viscid, grayish in color, often rooting at the base, and with white fibrils at the base, becoming hollow.
Figure 99 is from plants collected in woods near Ithaca, during August, 1899.