Garlic Parachute

Marasmius alliaceus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Garlic Parachute Marasmius alliaceus (Jacq.) Fr. (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 1–4cm across, convex to broadly bell-shaped; whitish to pallid or clay-brown, often striate or grooved at margin. Stem 45–200Γ—1–3mm, base rooting; clay-brown at apex, becoming black below; minutely velvety. Flesh whitish in cap, grey in stem; thin; smell strong, of garlic. Gills whitish to pallid. Spores 7–11Γ—6–8ΒΌ, broadly elliptic. Spore print cream. Cuticular cells rounded, smooth. Habitat on leaf litter, buried twigs, and other debris, usually beech, especially on chalk; late summer to late autumn. Uncommon. Not edible smells unappetising.

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