Tephrocybe anthracophila

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Tephrocybe anthracophila

21 December 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonyms

Lyophyllum carbonarium

Cap

Convex, then flattened, or depressed, margin lined, dark brown, drying paler, to about 3 cm across

Gills

Adnate to subdecurrent, whitish, greyish or pale brown

Stem

Equal, slender, smooth, grey, pale brown or dark brown

Flesh

Thin

Smell

Mealy, especially when crushed

Taste

Mealy

Season

Autumn to winter

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

On burnt ground in woods, usually in groups

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores spherical to sub-spherical (5-6) x (5-6) µm2. Basidia clavate, 4-spored.

Edibility

Unknown

Notes

Take care not to confuse with Tephrocybe atrata and Myxomphalia maura, both of which also grow on burnt ground.

Additional Photographs

Tephrocybe anthracophila

21 December 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Tephrocybe anthracophila

Spores viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 21 December 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin