Entoloma porphyrophaeum

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Entoloma porphyrophaeum

In a cemetery. 31 October 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Conical, expanding with age with a narrow central bump, fibrous, reddish brown to grey brown, about 3 to 15 cm across

Gills

Broad, emarginate to free, white, becoming pink

Stem

Cylindrical or slightly tapered towards the apex, fibrous lengthwise, concolorous with the cap, white and cottony at the base

Flesh

Whitish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Infrequent, more common in the English uplands

Habitat

On unimproved grassland

Spore Print

Pink

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, angular (8-12) x (6-8) µm2. Basidia club shaped, 2 and 4 spored. Gill cystidia bottle and skittle shaped.

Edibility

Edible, but best avoided due to the similarity of poisonous species

Notes

The specimens were identified with considerable help from Roy Betts, Chris Johnson and Chris Yeates.

Additional Photographs

Entoloma porphyrophaeum

31 October 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Entoloma porphyrophaeum

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 31 October 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Entoloma porphyrophaeum

Gill edge cystidia in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 31 October 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin