Phellodon confluens

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Phellodon confluens

October 2001 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Flattened or depressed, surface felty, becoming rough with age, margin irregular, white, then buff, grey or brown, not zoned, drying paler, margin remaining white, to about 10 cm across

Spines

White, then grey or brown, sometimes with a violet or pink tinge, to about 2 mm long

Stem

Felty, white, then grey brown

Flesh

Thin, firm, white to grey brown, darker in the stem

Smell

Indistinct when fresh, of crushed fenugreek seeds when dry

Taste

Bitter

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

In deciduous woods, and occasionally with Pinus sylvestris

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores sub-globose, spiny (3.5-4.5) x (3-4) µm2 excluding spines.

Edibility

Unknown

Notes

This species is easily confused with P. melaleucus

Additional Photographs

Phellodon confluens

October 2001 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin