In a container with strawberries. 10 July 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Convex, expanding with age, breaking into coarse scales, cream, centre pale brown, to 10 cm across
Emarginate, crowded, whitish
Cylindrical or club shaped, white, decorated with dark brown scales
Faint, of aniseed or almonds
Spring to autumn
On compost heaps, wood chips and leaf mulch.
Spores ellipsoidal, finely warty (7.5-9) x (4-5) µm2. Basidia four spored. Gill edge cystidia urticiform (narrow and tapering with sharp crystals at the apex).
This species was first recorded in Britain in 2000 in Middlesex.
10 July 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Spores viewed with a x100 immersion microscope objective and x2.5 projection eyepiece. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
A basidium with spores. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin