Crepidotus mollis

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Crepidotus mollis

3 September 2006 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Shell shaped, surface smooth, white then ivory to pale brown, laterally attached to the substrate, to about 8 cm across

Gills

Pale buff to pale rust, fairly close

Stem

Lateral, rudimentary or absent

Flesh

Thin, gelatinous beneath the cap surface, white

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Frequent

Habitat

On dead branches and trunks of deciduous trees

Spore Print

Ochraceous brown

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (7-9) x (5-6.5) µm2. Basidia club shaped, 4 spored. Gill edge cystidia irregular, cylindrical to narrowly flask shaped.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This fungus can be recognised by the thin gelatinous cap cuticle, which can be exposed by squashing the flesh between thumb and forefinger. Crepidotus calolepis has brown scales on the upper surface.