Melanoleuca verrucipes

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Melanoleuca verrucipes

In a container with strawberries. 10 July 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, expanding with age, breaking into coarse scales, cream, centre pale brown, to 10 cm across

Gills

Emarginate, crowded, whitish

Stem

Cylindrical or club shaped, white, decorated with dark brown scales

Flesh

Firm, white

Smell

Faint, of aniseed or almonds

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Spring to autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On compost heaps, wood chips and leaf mulch.

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

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).

Edibility

Suspect, avoid

Notes

This species was first recorded in Britain in 2000 in Middlesex.

Additional Photographs

Melanoleuca verrucipes

10 July 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Melanoleuca verrucipes

Spores viewed with a x100 immersion microscope objective and x2.5 projection eyepiece. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Melanoleuca verrucipes

A basidium with spores. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin