Volvariella bombycina

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Volvariella bombycina

26 July 2009 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, expanding with age, silky and fibrous, often covered in veil remnants, white, cream, or straw, to about 20 cm across

Gills

Free, crowded, broad, white, then pink

Stem

Tapered upwards, smooth, whitish, emerging from a fleshy sack, or volva

Flesh

Firm, fibrous, white, cream or pale yellow

Smell

Pleasant

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Rare

Habitat

On dead deciduous wood, and wounds and knot holes in living trees, favouring Elm and Beech

Spore Print

Pink

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (8-10) x (5-6) µm2

Edibility

Edible, excellent, but best left due to rarity

Additional Photographs

Volvariella bombycina

August 2000 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin