Volvariella gloiocephala

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Volvariella gloiocephala

15 October 2009 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, then expanded, smooth, viscid when damp, greyish, dark grey brown at the centre, becoming darker with age, to about 12 cm across

Gills

Crowded, broad, white then pink

Stem

White, smooth, base expanded and emerging from a fleshy volval sack

Flesh

Whitish

Smell

Earthy

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Frequent

Habitat

In grasslands, on wood chips, on road verges, in fields with stubble etc

Spore Print

Pink

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (13-18) x (8-10) µm2

Edibility

Edible but best avoided for fear of confusion with deadly poisonous Amanita species

Notes

This species could be confused with Pluteus petasatus which lacks the volval sack

Additional Photographs

Volvariella gloiocephala

C:\D200 Images\2009\2009-10-15 Minley Wood\_DSC8036 Volvariella gloiocephala.jpg. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Volvariella gloiocephala

C:\D200 Images\2009\2009-10-15 Minley Wood\_DSC8042 Volvariella gloiocephala.jpg. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Volvariella gloiocephala

C:\D200 Images\2009\2009-10-15 Minley Wood\_DSC8044 Volvariella gloiocephala.jpg. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin