Gymnopilus hybridus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Gymnopilus hybridus (Sowerby) Maire (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 2–8cm across, convex then expanded, margin inrolled; pale ochraceous at first then bright rusty orange, remaining pale at margin. Stem 25–50×4–8mm; ochraceous at first with white cortinate zone, later rusty towards base; becoming hollow, base covered in white down. Flesh ochraceous in cap, becoming more rusty in stem; taste bitter, smell scented. Gills slightly decurrent; ochre-yellow. Spores 7–9×3.5–4.5¼, almond-shaped, warted. Spore print rust. Cheilocystidia skittle-shaped. Habitat on conifer stumps and debris; late summer. Occasional. Suspect avoid. Note some authors synonymize this with G. penetrans (above), but recent research shows that it is distinct.