Phellodon niger

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Phellodon niger

Found by David Edington. 11 October 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Top shaped, often fused with neighbours, surface felty, pale pinkish, darkening with age and becoming blue grey then blackish

Spines

Pinkish, then grey, to about 4 mm long

Stem

Fibrous or velvety, concolorous with the cap, to about 4 cm long

Flesh

Firm, greyish to black

Smell

Indistinct when fresh, of crushed fenugreek seeds when dry

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On soil with deciduous and coniferous trees

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores sub-globose, spiny (3.5-5) x (3-4) µm2 excluding 0.5 µm spines. Generative hyphae sparsely encrusted.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

The flesh exudes a blue green stain on exposure to an alkali such as ammonia solution.