Lilac Dapperling Cystolepiota bucknallii

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Lilac Dapperling Cystolepiota bucknallii (Berk. & Broome) Singer & Clémençon syn. Lepiota bucknallii (Berk. & Broome) Sacc. syn. Cystoderma bucknallii (Berk. & Broome) Singer (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 2–4cm across, umbonate; whitish with a tinge of lilac-violet when young; mealy. Stem 20–45×3–5mm; pale at the apex, becoming purple-violet below at least on bruising; mealy. Flesh whitish to lilac; thin; smell strongly of gas-tar. Gills free; cream. Spores 7.5–10×3–3.5¼, elongate ellipsoid; weakly dextrinoid. Spore print white. Cheilocystidia undifferentiated. Mealy surface of cap formed of spherical, thin-walled cells. Habitat in damp deciduous woods; autumn. Occasional. Possibly poisonous.