Earthy Powdercap

Cystoderma amianthinum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Earthy Powdercap Cystoderma amianthinum (Scop.) Fayod (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 2–5cm across, bell-shaped at first, expanding to flattened convex; bright ochre-yellow, cuticle turns red-brown with KOH; mealy surface often becoming indistinctly radially wrinkled with age. Stem 30–50×4–8mm; concolorous with cap; mealy-granular below the short-lived ring. Flesh yellowish; thin. Gills crowded; white at first, becoming creamy yellow. Spores 5–7×3–4¼, elliptic; amyloid. Spore print white. Habitat on heaths or in coniferous woods; autumn. Common. Edible but not worthwhile.