Lepiota felina

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Lepiota felina (Pers.) P. Karst (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 2–3cm across, slightly umbonate; whole cap dark brown to almost black in bud, cuticle breaking up into minute, erect scales as cap expands. Stem 30–50×2–4mm; whitish, sprinkled with blackish scales towards the base; fibrillose; ring membranous, white on upper surface, dark grey-brown below. Flesh white, becoming tinged brownish; smell strongly fungusy. Gills white. Spores 6.5–7.5×3.5–4¼, ovoid. Spore print white. Cheilocystidia clavate to obtusely fusiform, thin-walled, hyaline. Surface squamules of tufts of elongated hairs. Habitat in coniferous woods; autumn. Uncommon. Not edible possibly poisonous.