Foetid Parachute

Micromphale foetidum


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Foetid Parachute Micromphale foetidum (Sowerby) Singer syn. Marasmius foetidus (Sowerby) Antonin, Halling & Noordel (illustrated 70% life size) Cap 1–3cm across, convex then expanded and slightly depressed at the centre; dingy reddish-buff, darker at the centre; thin, membranous, pliant, and with persistent radiating furrows. Stem 10–25Γ—1–2mm, tapering towards the base; dark brown to black; tough, velvety. Flesh concolorous; very thin; smell fetid. Gills distant, connected by veins; clay-pink. Spores 8–10Γ—3–4ΒΌ, pip-shaped. Spore print white. Habitat in troops on fallen twigs of deciduous trees, especially hazel and beech; late summer to early winter. Occasional. Not edible.

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