Micromphale brassicolens

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Micromphale brassicolens (Romagn.) P.D. Orton (illustrated 65% life size) Cap 1–2cm across, convex then expanded and often centrally depressed; reddish-brown, faintly striate near the margin when moist, losing this when dry. Stem 15–20×1mm; pale flesh-brown at apex, darkening to reddish-brown below, black towards the base. Flesh whitish to pale brownish; thin; smell strong and very unpleasant, of rotting cabbage. Gills white at first, later tinged flesh-brown at the base. Spores 5–7×3–3.5¼. Spore print white. Habitat on beech litter; autumn. Uncommon. Not edible. Note this fungus is considered to be a Gymnopilus by some authors.