Collared Parachute

Marasmius rotula


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Collared Parachute Marasmius rotula (Scop.) Fr. (illustrated 80% life size) Cap 0.5–1.5cm across, convex, centrally flattened and ribbed like a parachute, margin scalloped; whitish, sometimes dark brown in the depressed centre. Stem 20–70Γ—1mm; white at apex, dark brown below. Flesh white in cap, brown in stem. Gills attached to a collar free of the stem; whitish-cream. Spores 7–10Γ—3.5–5ΒΌ, elongate elliptical. Spore print white. Cuticular cells subglobose, with tiny, dense, finger-like processes. Habitat gregarious on dead twigs and roots, less frequently on leaves; summer to winter. Common. Not edible.

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