15 November 2021 Brookwood, Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.
Convex, expanding wih age, felty, reddish brown sometimes with a violaceous tint, about 25 to 40 mm across
Emarginate with a decurrent tooth, broad, fairly crowded, white to pale yellow
Equal, fibrous, brown, whitish to pale violet towards the base, white mycelium visible at base
On soil in deciduous and coniferous woods
Spores ellipsoidal to spindle shaped (5-6) x (3-4.5) µm2
The specimens shown were DNA sequenced by Eric Janke in collaboration with the BMS, confirming the original identification. Although once considered by some authorities as a colour form of Rugosomyces ionides, DNA sequencing has shown it to be a distinct species.
Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 15 November 2021 Brookwood, Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin.