Dewdrop Dapperling

Chamaemyces fracidus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Dewdrop Dapperling Chamaemyces fracidus (Fr.) Donk syn. Drosella fracida (Fr.) Singer syn. Lepiota irrorata (Quél.) Singer (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 2.5–10cm across, convex; pale yellowish at first, then straw-coloured; covered in dew-like drops when fresh, which on drying often leave dark brown or blackish spots. Stem 30–40×7–10mm; whitish and smooth above the membranaceous ring, covered in small yellow or brownish scales below, often exuding yellowish or orange-brown droplets. Flesh white; smell unpleasant. Gills white, then yellowish cream. Spores 4–5×4¼, ovoid. Spore print white. Cheilo- and pleurocystidia abundant and very conspicuous, clavate or fusiform, thin-walled, hyaline. Habitat in pastureland and open woodland; early summer to autumn. Uncommon. Unknown edibility.

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