Field Blewit or Blue-leg Lepista saeva

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Field Blewit or Blue-leg Lepista saeva (Fr.) P.D. Orton (illustrated (a) 70% life size) Cap 6–10cm across, convex then flattened or depressed, often wavy at the margin; pallid to dirty brown. Stem 30–60Γ—15–25mm, often swollen at the base; bluish-lilac; fibrillose. Flesh thick; whitish to flesh-coloured; taste and smell strongly perfumed. Gills crowded; whitish to flesh-coloured. Spores 7–8Γ—4–5ΒΌ, ellipsoid, minutely spiny. Spore print pale pink. Habitat in pasture, often in rings; autumn to early winter. Frequent. Edible excellent.

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