Chestnut Dapperling

Lepiota castanea

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Chestnut Dapperling Lepiota castanea Quél. (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 2–4cm across, umbonate; bay to chestnut-brown; soon breaking into small, granular scales formed of minute tufts of hairs. Stem 25–35×2–4mm; concolorous with cap and finely brown-scaly below; ring zone inconspicuous. Flesh white in cap, brownish in stem; smell strong and fungusy. Gills whitish, browning with age. Spores 9–13×3.5–5¼, bullet-shaped; dextrinoid. Spore print white. Cheilocystidia numerous, 30–47×5–8¼, thin-walled, subcylindrical or clavate; hyaline. Hairs of cap scales thin-walled, elongated, obtuse, septate; brown. Habitat in deciduous and coniferous woods; autumn. Occasional. Unknown edibility.

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