Psathyrella spadicea

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Psathyrella spadicea

Young specimens. 8 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, expanding with age, sometimes flat, smooth, sometimes lined at the margin, reddish brown when moist, drying pale brown, about 2 to 10 cm across

Gills

Narrowly adnate, broad, pale brown then reddish brown

Stem

Cylindrical or club shaped, pale brown, longitudinally fibrous, pruinose

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

All year

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

On stumps and at the base of living trees, usually clustered

Spore Print

Red brown

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal to bean shaped, smooth (6.5-11) x (4-5.5) µm2. Gill edge cystidia flask shaped, some with an encrusted apex. Cap cuticle cells club and pear shaped.

Edibility

Inedible

Additional Photographs

Psathyrella spadicea

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 8 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Psathyrella spadicea

Gill edge cystidia in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 8 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin