Coprinellus xanthothrix

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Coprinellus xanthothrix

RBG Kew herbarium accession number K(M)167658. 18 August 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Bell shaped, expanding with age, deeply furrowed, sparsely covered with white and brown scales, especially at the centre, whitish to pale buff when young, becoming greyish with age, to about 2.5 cm across

Gills

Adnate, whitish, then grey, and finally blackish

Stem

Equal, slightly expanded at the base, hollow, white

Flesh

Thin, white.

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Spring to autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On branches and dead wood from deciduous trees

Spore Print

Black

Microscopic Features

Spores ovoid to ellipsoidal, smooth, with germ pore (7.5-10) x (5-6) µm2. Basidia club shaped, 4 spored. Gill edge cystidia flask shaped (lageniform) to bag shaped (vesicular). Stem apex cystidia flask shaped.

Edibility

Unknown

Notes

This fungus resembles a pale Coprinellus micaceus, or a small Coprinellus domesticus. It is distinguished by oval spores and flask shaped gill edge cystidia.

Additional Photographs

Coprinellus xanthothrix

Gill edge cystidia. 18 August 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Coprinellus xanthothrix

Gill edge cystidia. 18 August 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Coprinellus xanthothrix

Stem apex cystidia. 18 August 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin