Hyphodontia pallidula

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Hyphodontia pallidula

A close up view. 9 February 2022 Bramdean Common, Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.

Fruiting Body

Forming a thin layer on the substrate, smooth to lumpy, whitish when young, then cream, yellowish or ochraceous

Flesh

Soft

Smell

According to the literature, indistinct. The specimen shown had a distinct and somewhat unpleasant smell reminiscent of Lepiota cristata.

Season

All year

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

On rotten wood from conifers

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (3.5-5.5) x (2-3) µm2. Basidia 4 spored, clavate to cylindrical. Hyphal system monomitic, hyphae clamped. Septocystidia cylindrical with an expanded globular apex, snooth, septate, clamped.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

The specimen shown had a few spores measuring 6 and 6.5 µm long. Most were in the range expected.

Hyphodontia pallidula

9 February 2022 Bramdean Common, Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.

Hyphodontia pallidula

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 9 February 2022 Bramdean Common, Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.

Hyphodontia pallidula

Septocystidia in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 immersion objective. 9 February 2022 Bramdean Common, Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.