Shield Pinkgill

Entoloma clypeatum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Shield Pinkgill Entoloma clypeatum (L.) P. Kumm. syn. Rhodophyllus clypeatus (L.) Quél. (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 3–10cm across, convex then flattened with a low, broad umbo; grey-brown, often flushed yellowish, with darker spots or radiating lines. Stem 30–50×8–15mm, white tinged with cap colour, covered in long, silky fibres. Flesh white; firm; taste and smell mealy. Gills sinuate; pale grey at first, then flesh pink. Spores 8–11×7.5–9¼, angularly subglobose. Spore print pink. Habitat with trees and bushes belonging to the Rosaceae, such as rose, hawthorn, cherry; spring to early summer. Occasional. Suspect best avoided.

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