Lion Shield

Pluteus leoninus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Lion Shield Pluteus leoninus (Schaeff.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 75% life size) Cap 4–6cm across, convex to flattened and slightly umbonate; deep yellow to bright golden, striate at the margin; minutely velvety. Stem 50–75Γ—3–10mm; whitish, becoming flushed yellow from the base up. Flesh whitish, turning brownish in stem base; thin. Gills free; pale pink, often edged with yellow. Spores 6.5–7.5Γ—5–6ΒΌ, subglobose. Spore print pink. Pleurocystidia fusiform. Cap cuticle filamentous. Habitat on wood of deciduous trees; autumn. Uncommon, rare on Red Data List. Unknown edibility.

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