Deadly Dapperling

Lepiota brunneoincarnata

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Deadly Dapperling Lepiota brunneoincarnata Chodat & C. Martin syn. L. helveola sensu Rea (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 1.5–4cm across, convex then expanded and finally even slightly depressed; vinaceous-brown and felty when young, later disrupting into scales exposing the whitish-pink ground, especially towards the margin. Stem 20–50×5–10mm; white above the short-lived ring, rosy pink and covered in tufted brown scales below the brownish ring zone. Flesh white, becoming pinkish-brown in stem cuticle with age; smell fruity. Gills white to cream. Spores 7–9.5×4–5¼, elliptic to almond-shaped. Spore print white. Cheilocystidia clavate, thin-walled. Habitat at the edges of woodland, usually on disturbed soil; autumn. Uncommon. Deadly poisonous.