Hygrophorus leucophaeus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Hygrophorus leucophaeus (Scop.) Fr. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 1.5–5cm across, convex with prominent umbo; whitish-buff with rusty brown at umbo; slightly viscid. Stem 30–70×4–7mm; whitish with a faint rust flush. Flesh whitish; thick at centre of cap; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills decurrent; whitish-buff. Spores 6.5–8×4¼, ovoid-ellipsoid. Spore print white. Habitat in deciduous woodland, especially beech; autumn. Uncommon. Edible.