Chicken Mushroom, Clustered Domecap

Lyophyllum decastes

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Chicken Mushroom, Clustered Domecap Lyophyllum decastes (Fr.) Singer (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 4–10cm across, convex then expanded, becoming wavy; grey-brown to brown, with silky or silvery streaks. Stem 30–60Γ—10–20mm, often excentric; white at apex, becoming brownish towards the base; fibrous, tough. Flesh whitish; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills white to greyish. Spores 5–7Γ—5–6ΒΌ, subglobose. Spore print white. Habitat in clusters on the ground in open woodland; summer to autumn. Common. Edible good. Note some mycologists synonomize L. decastes and L. loricatum (below); some use one name, some the other.

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