Pluteus petasatus

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Pluteus petasatus

9 May 2009 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, whitish with small brown scales near the centre, to about 15 cm across

Gills

Broad, crowded, free, white then pink

Stem

Equal or broadened at the base, whitish

Flesh

Firm, fibrous in the stem, white

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Spring to autumn

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

In clumps, on dead wood and wood chips from deciduous trees, and on sawdust, and straw bales

Spore Print

Pink

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (6-10) x (4-6) µm2

Edibility

Edible, poor

Notes

Take care not to confuse with P. pellitus, which is less robust, and lacks scales on the cap surface