Pluteus inquilinus

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Pluteus inquilinus

10 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, expanding with age, smooth, sometimes with veins at the centre, margin lined, initially brown, then whitish from the margin inwards, centre sometimes remaining pale brown, to about 3 cm across

Gills

Free, crowded, broad, white then pale pink

Stem

Equal, sometimes bulbous at the base, whitish, lined lengthwise

Flesh

Whitish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Rarely reported, but quite common in parts of the New Forest

Habitat

On dead wood from deciuous trees, favouring beech

Spore Print

Pink

Microscopic Features

Spores sub-spherical, smooth (6.5-8) x (5.5-6.5) µm2. Basidia club shaped, four spored. Gill edge cystidia mostly flask shaped, some club shaped. Gill face cystidia flask shaped. Cap cuticle cellular.

Edibility

Unknown

Notes

According to the Checklist of the British & Irish Basidiomycota this species includes specimens described as Pluteus semibulbosus. It was identified using the key in Field Mycology Volume 11 (3). P. inquilinus and P. plautus are often confused. This collection has not been independently verified.

Additional Photographs

Pluteus inquilinus

Spores in Congo Red solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 10 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Pluteus inquilinus

Gill edge cystidia in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 10 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Pluteus inquilinus

Gill face cystidia in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 10 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Pluteus inquilinus

Cuticle hyphae in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 10 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin