Lepiota oreadiformis

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Lepiota oreadiformis Velen. (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 2–6cm across, flattened convex with a slight, broad umbo; light ochre-brown at the centre, becoming pale towards the margin; appearing smooth, but minutely felty when viewed under a lens. Stem 30–45×8–12mm; white or whitish; covered in pale, cottony scales; ring zone indistinct. Flesh white at first, becoming brown with age; smell pleasant and sweet. Gills white. Spores 11.5–13.5×4.5–5.5¼, ellipsoid-fusiform; dextrinoid. Spore print white. Cap surface formed of elongated, thin-walled, subhyaline, unicellular hairs with short, clavate or ovate cells forming an almost hymeniform layer at their base. Habitat amongst grass in the open; late summer to autumn. Uncommon. Unknown edibility, avoid.