Disciotis venosa

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Disciotis venosa

1 April 2008 Bedfordshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Bleach cup

Fruiting Body

Disk or cup shaped, often becoming flattened, irregular, upper surface smooth, veined, reddish brown, underside whitish, scurfy, attached to the soil by a partially buried short thick stem, to about 15cm across

Flesh

Whitish, brittle

Smell

Bleach

Taste

Bleach

Season

Spring

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

In woods, hedgerows and lawns, sometimes growing in large numbers, favouring bare soil

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal (19-25) x (12-15) µm2

Edibility

Poisonous when raw, edible and excellent when thoroughly cooked

Notes

Easily recognised by the smell of bleach

Additional Photographs

Disciotis venosa

1 April 2008 Bedfordshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Disciotis venosa

1 April 2008 Bedfordshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin