Melanoleuca grammopodia

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Melanoleuca grammopodia

30 October 1999 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, then flattened, with a broad central bump, often depressed, smooth, sometimes cracking, yellowish brown to gray brown, pale when dry, to about 15 cm across

Gills

Broad, emarginate, whitish, or cream

Stem

+/- equal with a broad base, whitish, with brown fibres along the length

Flesh

Firm, whitish

Smell

Like mice, or mouldy, sometimes reminiscent of rotten cabbage

Taste

Indistinct, or acrid

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

In grassland, in woods on leaf mulch and on composted soil

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (8.5-9.5) x (5-6) µm2. Basidia four spored. Gill edge cystidia thin, and tapered, sometimes with crystals at the apex, and with a bulbous base.

Edibility

Edible

Additional Photographs

Melanoleuca grammopodia

22 October 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Melanoleuca grammopodia

22 October 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin