Satin Shield

Pluteus plautus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Satin Shield Pluteus plautus (Weinm.) Gillet syn. P. depauperatus Romagn. (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 2.5–3.5cm across, convex to flattened, with sulcate-striate margin; hygrophanous, pale pinkish-fawn, disrupting into tiny ochre-buff scales near the centre, drying whitish. Stem 25–35Γ—3–4mm, with bulbous base; white, becoming yellow-tinged near the base. Flesh thin; whitish to yellowish or buff; taste and smell faint, not distinctive. Gills free; pale pink-buff. Spores 7–8Γ—5.5–6.5ΒΌ, broadly ellipsoid to subglobose. Spore print pink. Cheilo- and pleurocystidia thin-walled, fusiform or lanceolate; hyaline. Surface of cap formed of thin-walled elements, 57–170Γ—15–35ΒΌ, cylindrical or clavate, with bluntly rounded tips. Habitat on the rotting wood or sawdust of beech; autumn. Occasional. Unknown edibility.

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