Willow Shield

Pluteus salicinus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Willow Shield Pluteus salicinus (Pers.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 80% life size) Cap 2–5cm across, convex then flattened and slightly umbonate; bluish- or greenish-grey, darker at the centre; faintly striate when moist. Stem 30–50Γ—2–6mm; white, sometimes becoming tinged with cap colour at the base. Flesh white with greyish tinge. Gills free; white then pink. Spores 8–9Γ—6–7ΒΌ, ellipsoid. Spore print pink. Pleurocystidia fusiform with slightly thickened walls and an apical crown of hooked processes. Habitat on deciduous wood; spring to autumn. Common. Edible.

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