Yellow Shield

Pluteus chrysophaeus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Yellow Shield Pluteus chrysophaeus (Schaeff.) Quél. syn. P. luteovirens Rea (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 2–4cm across, bell-shaped then flattened or umbonate; mustard-yellow to olivaceous-ochre. Stem 20–60×2–5mm; white then cream. Flesh yellowish in cap and stem base, elsewhere white; thin; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills free; white then pink, without yellow tints. Spores 5–6×5¼, subglobose. Spore print pink. Pleurocystidia thin-walled, bottle-shaped; hyaline. Cap cuticle of spherical cells with projecting fusiform elements and yellowish contents. Habitat on dead or dying elm; autumn. Frequent. Unknown edibility.

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