Pluteus cervinus

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Pluteus cervinus

20 September 2008 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Deer Cap

Cap

Convex, then flattened, brownish, smooth, sometimes with scales at the centre, to about 15 cm across

Gills

Broad, crowded, free, white then pale pink

Stem

Equal or swollen at the base, whitish, covered with coarse dark scales

Flesh

Firm, white

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Spring to autumn

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

On sawdust and wood, usually from deciduous trees

Spore Print

Pink

Microscopic Features

Spores broadly ellipsoidal, smooth (7-8) x (5-6) µm2 Pleurocystidia flask shaped with the ends shaped like deer antlers.

Edibility

Edible, poor

Notes

The common name - Deer Cap - derives from the shape of the pleurocystidia (cystidia on the gill face) the ends of which resemble antlers. Take care not to confuse with the very rare P. pouzarianus which grows with conifers.

Additional Photographs

Pluteus cervinus

26 August 2006 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Pluteus cervinus

Pleurocystidia (gill face cystidia) viewed with a x40 objective. 19 July 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin