Pholiota lenta

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Pholiota lenta (Pers.) Singer (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 3–8cm across, convex-hemispherical, becoming more expanded in age; whitish to pinkish-buff or smoky grey, with a slightly darker disc; sticky to slimy, with scattered white, hairy scales of veil remnants. Gills adnate or with a decurrent tooth, close, narrow to medium-broad, edges even to fringed; white becoming greyish-brown. Stem 30–100×4–12mm, sub-bulbous; white above, brownish below; solid or spongy, finely hairy; veil copious, cortinate, white, leaving an evanescent ring. Flesh white; firm; taste mild, smell slight, radishy. Spores 5.5–7×3.5–4.5¼, ellipsoid to oblong, smooth, tiny pore at apex. Deposit cigar-brown. Pleurocystidia abundant. Habitat on humus debris in mixed woods; summer to winter. Uncommon. Not edible.