Clustered Toughshank

Collybia confluens

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Clustered Toughshank Collybia confluens (Pers.) P. Kumm. syn. Marasmius confluens (Pers.) P. Karst. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 3–5cm across, convex; dingy flesh-colour, drying almost white; dry. Stem 30–60×2–5mm, compressed; darker than cap, covered in fine, white down; hollow, tough. Flesh white; very thin. Gills narrow, very crowded; flushed with cap colour. Spores 7–9×3–4¼, ellipsoid. Spore print white. Habitat in dense tufts, often forming rings, in the leaf litter of deciduous or mixed woods; summer to late autumn. Very common. Edible but not recommended. Note this will possibly become Gymnopus confluens.