Poisonpie

Hebeloma crustuliniforme

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Poisonpie Hebeloma crustuliniforme (Bull.) Quél. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 4–10cm across, convex then expanded and often obtusely umbonate, margin remaining inrolled for a long time, often lobed; buff to pale ochre-tan, darker at centre; slightly greasy to viscid when moist. Stem 40–70×10–20mm; whitish; mealy, especially towards the apex. Flesh white; thick; taste bitter, smell strongly of radish. Gills free; pale clay-brown, exuding watery droplets in moist conditions, spotted when dry. Spores 10–12×5.5–6.5¼, almond-shaped, warted. Spore print rust. Cheilocystidia elongated club-shaped, thin-walled, hyaline. Habitat in open mixed woodland; late summer to late autumn. Very common. Poisonous.

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