25 August 2021 East Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Convex, expanding with age, sometimes centrally depressed, white when young, then yellowish, margin becoming ochraceous then dark brown, smooth when dry, slimy when moist, about 4 to 8 cm across
Adnate to subdecurrent, broad, whitish, then tinged yellow, brown when dry
Cylindrical, sometimes flattened, tapered towards the base, whitish, slimy when moist, fibrillose when dry, coarsely scaly at apex
Pleasant, sweetish to mushroomy
Indistinct to slightly fungal
Late summer to early winter
Frequent in southern and western England, rarely reported in Wales and Scotland, widespread
On soil in woods with beech
Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (7-9) x (5-6) µm2. Basidia club shaped, mostly 4 spored.
All parts turn dark brown when exposed to KOH solution.
A fruiting body a few minutes after KOH solution was applied to the cap, gills and stem. 25 August 2021 East Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 25 August 2021 East Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.