Melanoleuca grammopodia

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Melanoleuca grammopodia (Bull.) Pat. (illustrated 30% life size) Cap 7–15cm across, bell-shaped then expanded, often becoming centrally depressed; light to dark grey-brown. Stem 50–120×10–15mm, swollen at the base; grey-brown; longitudinally fibrillose. Flesh whitish; smell mouldy or of mice. Gills white, becoming dirty cream with age. Spores 8.5–9.5×5–6¼, elliptical, minutely warted; amyloid. Spore print white. Cheilocystidia with swollen base and long, narrow neck, thin-walled, hyaline. Habitat deciduous woods or meadows; autumn. Occasional. Edible.

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