Melanoleuca brevipes

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Melanoleuca brevipes

With Pine and Rhododendron. 10 April 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, then flattened, or slightly depressed, with a central bump, brown to grey brown, to about 10 cm across

Gills

Emarginate, crowded, cream then pale brown

Stem

Cylindrical, base +/- expanded, fibrous, brownish

Flesh

Firm, brownish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Spring and autumn

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

In woods and grassland

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

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).

Edibility

Unknown

Notes

As with most Melanoleuca species, this fungus cannot be recognised without microscopy.

Additional Photographs

Melanoleuca brevipes

Spores viewed with a x100 oil immersion objective. 10 April 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Melanoleuca brevipes

Gill edge cystidium. 10 April 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin