Entoloma ortonii

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Entoloma ortonii Arnolds & Noordel. syn. E. farinolens (P.D. Orton) M.M. Moser syn. Nolanea farinolens P.D. Orton (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 1.5–3cm across, varying in shape from convex or flattened-convex to slightly depressed, even umbonate; sepia to brownish-black, darkening towards the centre, drying pale buff or pallid; finely striate when moist. Cuticle tough and cartilaginous. Stem 20–70×2–3mm; concolorous with cap or paler. Flesh concolorous; taste strongly of meal, smell mealy when crushed. Gills almost free; whitish-grey at first, then becoming brownish-pink. Spores 6.5–9×5.5–7¼, subglobose to broadly elliptical, with rather rounded angles. Spore print pink. Habitat in grass or soil in damp, shady woodland; summer to early autumn. Uncommon. Not edible.