Stinking Dapperling

Lepiota cristata

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Stinking Dapperling Lepiota cristata (Bolton) P. Kumm. (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 2–5cm across, irregularly bell-shaped and umbonate; cuticle reddish-brown; soon broken up, except at centre, into small scales on a white, silky background. Stem 20–35Γ—3–4mm; white, tinged flesh-colour; ring membranous and deciduous. Flesh white; thin; taste pleasant, smell unpleasant, strongly fungusy. Gills white, becoming brownish with age. Spores 6–7.5Γ—3–3.5ΒΌ, bullet-shaped; dextrinoid. Spore print white. Habitat in woods, garden refuse, or leaf litter; summer to autumn. Very common. Suspect avoid.

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