Leucopaxillus gentianus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Leucopaxillus gentianus (Quél.) Kotl. syn L. amarus sensu auct. brit. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 5–15cm across, convex-flattened, the margin inrolled at first; nut-brown to vinaceous-brown; dry to slightly subtomentose. Stem 50–100×8–45mm, equal; white to slightly brownish. Flesh white; taste very bitter, smell strong, mealy, pungent. Gills adnate, crowded, narrow; white to cream. Spores 4–5.5×4–5.5¼, globose, with low warts. Spore print white. Habitat in coniferous woodland; summer to early autumn. Very rare, endangered on Red Data List. Unknown edibility.