Lyophyllum loricatum


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Lyophyllum loricatum (Fr.) Kühner ex Kalamees (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 5–12cm across, convex, later expanded and slightly depressed or umbonate; sepia to pale chestnut; cuticle cartilaginous. Stem 50–100×10–15mm, base somewhat rooting; white to greyish-buff; apex white and floury. Flesh white; firm; taste sweet with a bitter aftertaste, smell slight or nutty. Gills white then straw-coloured. Spores 6–7¼ in diameter, globose. Spore print white. Habitat in deciduous and mixed woods; summer to autumn. Uncommon. Edible but it is better not to collect it, because it is uncommon. Note some mycologists synonomize L. decastes (above) and L. loricatum; some use one name, some the other.

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