Pluteus podospileus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Pluteus podospileus Sacc. & Cub. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 1.5–4cm across, convex then expanded and sometimes umbonate; umber to blackish-brown; covered in minute, velvety scales. Stem 10–40×2–3mm, sometimes slightly bulbous; whitish, then dingy brown due to covering of minute, brownish, punctate scales. Flesh whitish in cap, greyish to pale brown in stem; smell slight. Gills free; white at first then pinkish. Spores 4–7×3.5–5¼, broadly ovoid to subglobose. Spore print pink. Pleurocystidia broadly vesiculose, clavate or cylindrical, thin-walled, hyaline. Cap cuticle mixed, of sphaeropedunculate cells with projecting fusiform elements. Habitat on rotting deciduous wood; summer to autumn. Occasional. Unknown edibility.