Marasmius scorodonius


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Marasmius scorodonius (Fr.) Fr. (illustrated 65% life size) Cap 1–3cm across; broadly convex, expanding to almost flat, with an inturned margin that becomes wavy; reddish- or yellowish-brown, becoming faded; dry, smooth, radially wrinkled. Stem 15–60Γ—1–3mm, round to compressed; yellowish-white towards apex, dark brown below; brittle, dry, smooth, shining. Flesh taste and smell of onions or garlic. Gills adnate or nearly free, crowded, narrow, often forked; yellowish-pink to pallid. Spores 7–10Γ—3–5ΒΌ, elliptical, smooth. Spore print white. Habitat scattered or in groups in grass or on bark, twigs, needle duff, or other debris; late summer to autumn. Very rare, endangered on Red Data List. Edible but should not be collected due to its rarity.

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