Velvet Shield

Pluteus umbrosus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Velvet Shield Pluteus umbrosus (Pers.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 3–9cm across, convex; sepia; covered in minute, velvety, date-brown scales, more densely on the irregular ridges and near the centre. Stem 30–90×4–12mm; white, covered in minute, brown, velvety scales. Flesh white. Gills free; whitish then pink, with a conspicuous dark brown edge. Spores 6–7×4–5¼, subglobose. Spore print pink. Pleurocystidia bottle-shaped, thin-walled, hyaline. Cap cuticle filamentous; the scales formed of slightly fusiform or elongated clavate elements. Habitat on rotting deciduous wood; autumn. Occasional. Edible.