Lilac Pinkgill

Entoloma porphyrophaeum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Lilac Pinkgill Entoloma porphyrophaeum (Fr.) P. Karst. syn. Trichopilus porphyrophaeus (Fr.) P.D. Orton syn. Rhodophyllus porphyrophaeus (Fr.) J.E. Lange (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 3–9cm across, convex to bell-shaped with a distinct umbo; dark grey-brown to date-brown, often with a faint purplish-brown tinge at margin; covered in radiating fibres. Stem 40–80×5–10mm; purplish-grey-brown; fibrous, base covered in fine, white down. Flesh thin; whitish. Gills rather distant; dirty white at first then dark flesh-pink. Spores 10–13×5–7¼, angularly oblong. Spore print pink. Cystidia thin-walled, fusiform, often with capitate apex. Habitat in pasture and grassland; late spring to late autumn. Frequent. Edible but best avoided, due to possible confusion with poisonous species.