Bitter Poisonpie

Hebeloma sinapizans

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Bitter Poisonpie Hebeloma sinapizans (Paulet) Gillet (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 4–14cm across, convex at first, becoming flattened and often wavy or upturned at margin; ochre-brown or tan, paling to cream or buff at margin; greasy at first. Stem 50–120Γ—10–20mm, swollen at the base; white, covered in brownish scales forming a pattern of bands around the stem; becoming hollow, often with a piece of the cap hanging down into the cavity. Flesh whitish; smell of radish. Gills free; pale clay-buff, later with a cinnamon flush. Spores 10–14.5Γ—6–8ΒΌ, almond-shaped, warted. Spore print rust. Cheilocystidia with a slightly swollen body and a narrower neck, thin-walled, hyaline. Habitat in broad-leaved and mixed woodland; autumn. Occasional. Poisonous.

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