Lepista sordida

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Lepista sordida (Fr.) Singer (illustrated 70% life size) Cap 3–8cm across, convex, becoming flattened, depressed, or slightly umbonate, often wavy; lilac to lilac-brown, fading with age. Stem 40–60×5–8mm, often slightly thickened at base; concolorous with cap; fibrous. Flesh greyish, tinged with lilac; taste mild, smell scented. Gills lilac, fading or becoming lilac-brown with age. Spores 6–7×3.5–4¼, ellipsoid, minutely roughened. Spore print pale greyish-lilac. Habitat woodland, often around piles of rotting vegetation; summer to late autumn. Occasional. Edible.