Melanotus horizontalis

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Melanotus horizontalis

RBG Kew herbarium accession number K(M)165368. 7 February 2010 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Shell or kidney shaped, smooth to finely felty, orange brown, dark brown or reddish brown, to about 3 cm across

Gills

Adnate, crowded, eccentric, brown

Stem

Short, eccentric, thin, concolorous with the cap

Flesh

Thin, pale brown

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn to spring

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On rotten wood, favouring beech

Spore Print

Snuff brown to umber

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (6-8) x (3.5-4.5) µm2. Basidia cylindrical, or slightly club shaped, four spored. Gill edge cystidia narrowly lageniform. Hyphae with clamp connections.

Edibility

Unknown but of no interest due to the small size

Notes

This fungus is described in British Fungus Flora 5 and Funga Nordica. It is superficially very similar to Panellus stipticus.

Additional Photographs

Melanotus horizontalis

7 February 2010 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Melanotus horizontalis

7 February 2010 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin