20 September 2008 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Convex, then flattened, brownish, smooth, sometimes with scales at the centre, to about 15 cm across
Broad, crowded, free, white then pale pink
Equal or swollen at the base, whitish, covered with coarse dark scales
Spring to autumn
On sawdust and wood, usually from deciduous trees
Spores broadly ellipsoidal, smooth (7-8) x (5-6) µm2 Pleurocystidia flask shaped with the ends shaped like deer antlers.
The common name - Deer Cap - derives from the shape of the pleurocystidia (cystidia on the gill face) the ends of which resemble antlers. Take care not to confuse with the very rare P. pouzarianus which grows with conifers.
26 August 2006 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Pleurocystidia (gill face cystidia) viewed with a x40 objective. 19 July 2009 West Sussex. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.