Flowery Blewit

Lepista irina

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Flowery Blewit Lepista irina (Fr.) H.E. Bigelow (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 5–10cm across, hemispherical at first, becoming flattened-convex, often wavy at the margin; clay-pink to reddish-brown. Stem 60–100×10–20mm; dirty white to pallid; covered in long fibres and often ochraceous near the base. Flesh thick; white; taste and smell strongly perfumed. Gills emarginate, crowded; flesh-coloured, becoming more reddish-brown or cinnamon. Spores 7–9×3.5–4¼, very minutely spiny. Spore print dirty pink. Habitat in open woodland; autumn. Uncommon. Edible.