Psathyrella hirta

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Psathyrella hirta

16 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, expanding with age, date brown to yellowish brown when moist, pale when dry, sparsely covered with coarse white scales, lined when moist, to about 3 cm across

Gills

Adnate, pale brown, becoming blackish brown when old, margin pale

Stem

Equal, slender, fragile, white, covered with woolly scales when young

Flesh

Whitish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Mild

Season

Summer to autumn

Distribution

Very rarely reported

Habitat

On cattle and horse dung

Spore Print

Purple black

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth with a germ pore (10-13) x (5.5-7) µm2. Basidia four spored. Gill face cystidia flask shaped. Gill edge cystidia flask shaped and broadly club shaped.

Edibility

Unknown but of no interest due to small size and rarity

Additional Photographs

Psathyrella hirta

16 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Psathyrella hirta

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 16 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Psathyrella hirta

Gill edge cystidium and basidia in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 16 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin