Melanoleuca subpulverulenta

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Melanoleuca subpulverulenta (Pers) Singer. (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 4–8cm across, involute, umbonate; ash-grey; pruinose. Stem 60–100×7–12mm, swollen at the base; white. Flesh white, browning in the lower stem; taste and smell slight. Gills subdecurrent; white; brittle. Spores 6–8×4–5¼, elliptical. Spore print white. Cystidia like a very tall-necked bottle in shape. Habitat in grassy areas in woodland or on roadsides; summer to early winter. Rare, vulnerable on Red Data List. Not edible toxicity unknown.