8 February 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Pholiota oedipus, Phaeogalera dissimulans
Convex, expanding with age, surface smooth, viscid when moist, initially dark brown, then yellow or grey brown, margin decorated with white veil remnants, to about 5 cm across
Adnate with a subdecurrent tooth, broad, pale brown
Equal, often with a swollen base, whitish to pale brown, decorated with whitish veil remnants
Late autumn to early spring
On leaf mulch and twigs in deciduous woods, favouring ash
Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (8-11) x (5-6) µm2. Basidia club shaped, four spored. Gill edge cystidia narrowly cylindrical, irregular.
Spores viewed with a x100 immersion microscope objective and x2.5 projection eyepiece. 8 February 2104 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Gill edge cystidium viewed with a x40 microscope objective and x2.5 projection eyepiece. 8 February 2104 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.