27 August 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Convex, then flattened, smooth, sometimes sticky, pale yellow brown, reddish brown with age, to about 4 cm across
Adnate, crowded, greyish, mottled, with a pale edge, then dark brown with a pale edge
Equal, hollow, yellow brown, apex pale, sometimes with blackish cortinal remnants
On peaty soil on heaths and moors
Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (12-15) x (7-8) µm2. Basidia club shaped, 4 spored. Gill edge cystidia cylindrical to slightly flask shaped. Gill face cystidia ventricose (swollen in the middle). Stem apex cystidia cylindrical.
Similar species include H. udum, H. ericaeoides and H. subericaeum