Pluteus leoninus

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Pluteus leoninus

7 November 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, then expanded, bright yellow, often darker at the centre, to about 6 cm across

Gills

Broad, free, crowded, whitish then salmon pink, sometimes yellow near the cap margin

Stem

Equal or slightly tapered, smooth, finely lined along the length, whitish, then flushed yellow from the base

Flesh

Whitish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On dead wood from deciduous trees, favouring beech

Spore Print

Pink

Microscopic Features

Spores sub-spherical, smooth (6-8) x (5-6) µm2. Cap hyphae filamentous.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This fungus could be confused with Pluteus chrysophaeus. It is distinguished by the filamentous cap hyphae.

Additional Photographs

Pluteus leoninus

7 November 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Pluteus leoninus

31 October 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Pluteus leoninus

31 October 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Pluteus leoninus

31 October 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Pluteus leoninus

Cuticle hyphae in Congo Red viewed with a x20 objective and x2.5 projection lens. 31 October 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Pluteus leoninus

Gill cystidia in Congo Red viewed with a x40 objective and x2.5 projection lens. 31 October 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin