Hypholoma ericaeum

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Hypholoma ericaeum

27 August 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, then flattened, smooth, sometimes sticky, pale yellow brown, reddish brown with age, to about 4 cm across

Gills

Adnate, crowded, greyish, mottled, with a pale edge, then dark brown with a pale edge

Stem

Equal, hollow, yellow brown, apex pale, sometimes with blackish cortinal remnants

Flesh

Yellowish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Unknown

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On peaty soil on heaths and moors

Spore Print

Dark brown

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (12-15) x (7-8) µm2. Basidia club shaped, 4 spored. Gill edge cystidia cylindrical to slightly flask shaped. Gill face cystidia ventricose (swollen in the middle). Stem apex cystidia cylindrical.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

Similar species include H. udum, H. ericaeoides and H. subericaeum