Russet Toughshank

Collybia dryophila

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Russet Toughshank Collybia dryophila (Bull.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 2–5cm across, convex, becoming flattened and often wavy at margin; variable in colour from whitish or pale buff to light tan. Stem 20–40Γ—2–4mm, base swollen; flushed tan, darker towards base; hollow. Flesh whitish; thin; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills free to adnexed; whitish to buff. Spores 4.5–6.5Γ—3ΒΌ, ellipsoid. Spore print white. Cap cuticle of repent, coralloid hyphae. Habitat in deciduous woods; late spring to late autumn. Very common. Edible but not worthwhile.

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