Meottomyces dissimulans

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Meottomyces dissimulans

8 February 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonyms

Pholiota oedipus, Phaeogalera dissimulans

Cap

Convex, expanding with age, surface smooth, viscid when moist, initially dark brown, then yellow or grey brown, margin decorated with white veil remnants, to about 5 cm across

Gills

Adnate with a subdecurrent tooth, broad, pale brown

Stem

Equal, often with a swollen base, whitish to pale brown, decorated with whitish veil remnants

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late autumn to early spring

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On leaf mulch and twigs in deciduous woods, favouring ash

Spore Print

Yellow brown

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (8-11) x (5-6) µm2. Basidia club shaped, four spored. Gill edge cystidia narrowly cylindrical, irregular.

Edibility

Inedible

Additional Photographs

Meottomyces dissimulans

Spores viewed with a x100 immersion microscope objective and x2.5 projection eyepiece. 8 February 2104 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Meottomyces dissimulans

Gill edge cystidium viewed with a x40 microscope objective and x2.5 projection eyepiece. 8 February 2104 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin