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In a cemetery. 31 October 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Conical, expanding with age with a narrow central bump, fibrous, reddish brown to grey brown, about 3 to 15 cm across
Broad, emarginate to free, white, becoming pink
Cylindrical or slightly tapered towards the apex, fibrous lengthwise, concolorous with the cap, white and cottony at the base
Infrequent, more common in the English uplands
On unimproved grassland
Spores ellipsoidal, angular (8-12) x (6-8) µm2. Basidia club shaped, 2 and 4 spored. Gill cystidia bottle and skittle shaped.
Edible, but best avoided due to the similarity of poisonous species
The specimens were identified with considerable help from Roy Betts, Chris Johnson and Chris Yeates.
31 October 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 31 October 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Gill edge cystidia in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 31 October 2015 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin