Lepiota echinella var. rhodorrhiza


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Lepiota echinella var. rhodorrhiza (Romagn. & Locq. ex P.D. Orton) Hardtke & Rödel. syn. L. rhodorrhiza (Romagn. & Locq.) ex P.D. Orton (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 1.5–3cm across, convex then flattened; pinkish-brown, ornamented at the centre with small, punctate scales of a brownish-fawn or red-brown tint. Stem 20–50×2–3mm; whitish at first, then pinkish-ochre, rhizoids sometimes bright red; ornamented with fine scales; ring zone indistinct. Flesh whitish with pinkish tint; smell strongly acrid. Gills whitish. Spores 5–7×3–4¼, ovate. Spore print white. Cap scales formed of elongated, non-septate hairs without a hymeniform layer at their base. Habitat in deciduous and coniferous woods; late autumn. Very rare. Suspect avoid, as there are some fungi in this group that are deadly poisonous. Note this fungus was misdetermined in my first book as the deadly poisonous L. subincarnata (opposite).

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