Rooting shank

Xerula radicata

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Rooting shank Xerula radicata (Relhan) Dörfelt syn. Oudemansiella radicata (Relhan) Singer (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 3–10cm across, bell-shaped to convex then flattened with a broad umbo; pallid or ochraceous to olive-brown; slimy, radially wrinkled. Stem 80–200×5–10mm, with thickened, long-rooting base; white at apex, flushed with cap colour towards base. Flesh concolorous; thin. Gills broad; white. Spores 12–16×10–12¼, broadly elliptical; nonamyloid. Spore print white. Habitat under or near deciduous trees, especially beech, attached to roots or buried wood; early summer to late autumn. Very common. Edible but not worthwhile.

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