Volvariella pusilla

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Volvariella pusilla (Pers.) Singer syn. V. parvula (Weinm.) Speg. (illustrated life size) Cap 1–3cm across, conical then bell-shaped, becoming almost flat; whitish, tinged yellow at centre, slightly viscid at first, drying silky. Stem 25–40×2–4mm; white; silky; base encased in a white, membranaceous, lobed volva. Flesh white. Gills crowded; white at first, later dark flesh-pink. Spores 5–7×3–5¼, ellipsoid. Spore print pink. Cheilocystidia thin-walled, broad, subcylindrical to clavate. Habitat amongst grass in pasture, gardens, and open woodland; late spring to autumn. Uncommon. Edible but not worthwhile.