Hebeloma cistophylum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Hebeloma cistophylum Maire (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 1.5–5cm across, conico-convex at first then expanded, slightly umbonate; pallid tan, darkening to chestnut- or date-brown at centre; slightly viscid. Stem 20–40Γ—2–5mm, the base often swollen; white, discolouring brownish towards base, mealy, cortina fleeting. Flesh pallid brownish; thin; taste mild, smell sweetish, of radish when cut. Gills free; pallid at first, becoming clay-brown. Spores 9–12Γ—6–7.5ΒΌ, almond-shaped. Spore print clay-brown. Habitat with cistus shrubs in the Mediterranean region, not found in Britain; summer to autumn. Rare. Unknown edibility, avoid.

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