Entoloma lucidum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Entoloma lucidum (P.D. Orton) M.M. Moser syn. Nolanea lucida P.D. Orton (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 1–5cm across, conico-convex then flattened or bell-shaped with a broad umbo; sepia, darkening towards the centre, drying pallid or light sepia with conspicuous sheen; striate at margin when moist, cuticle thin and fragile. Stem 20–60×2–5mm, more or less cartilaginous; pale greyish, often flushed with sepia; base covered in fine, white down. Flesh concolorous; taste strongly of meal, smell mealy when crushed. Gills almost free; whitish at first, becoming pink or brownish-pink. Spores 7.5–10×5.5–7¼, broadly ellipsoid to almost subglobose, with well-marked angles. Spore print pink. Habitat amongst grass or moss in deciduous woods; summer to late autumn. Uncommon. Not edible.