Lepista luscina

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Lepista luscina (Fr.) Singer (illustrated 30% life size) Cap 3–10cm across, convex, becoming flattened or depressed and wavy; grey-brown, often ornamented with darker concentric rings of spots, white and mealy at margin. Stem 30–50×4–6mm; apex white and mealy, greyish-brown below; fibrous. Flesh thin; pallid; taste sweet, mushroomy, smell of meal. Gills crowded; white then greyish. Spores 5–7×3.5–4.5¼, ellipsoid, minutely roughened. Spore print pale pinkish. Habitat in rings in grass; autumn. Rare. Edible.