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With Pine and Rhododendron. 10 April 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Convex, then flattened, or slightly depressed, with a central bump, brown to grey brown, to about 10 cm across
Emarginate, crowded, cream then pale brown
Cylindrical, base +/- expanded, fibrous, brownish
Spring and autumn
In woods and grassland
Spores ellipsoidal, coarsely warty (7.5-9.5) x (4-6) µm2. Basidia four spored. Gill edge cystidia cylindrical, septate, with a needle like tip, and a broader base (urticoid).
As with most Melanoleuca species, this fungus cannot be recognised without microscopy.
Spores viewed with a x100 oil immersion objective. 10 April 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Gill edge cystidium. 10 April 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin