Spotted Toughshank

Collybia maculata

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Spotted Toughshank Collybia maculata (Alb. & Schwein.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 4–10cm across, flattened convex; white at first, soon becoming spotted tan-brown on bruising or ageing. Stem 50–100×8–12mm, sometimes rooting; similarly coloured to the cap. Flesh white; taste bitter. Gills free, crowded; white, becoming spotted with rusty brown. Spores 4–6×3–5¼, globose. Spore print cream to pale pink. Habitat in deciduous and especially coniferous woodland and under bracken on heaths; summer to late autumn. Very common. Not edible due to its bitter taste and toughness.