Sweet Poisonpie

Hebeloma pallidoluctosum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Sweet Poisonpie Hebeloma pallidoluctosum Gröger & Zschiesch (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 2–7cm across, convex at first, becoming flattened, sometimes with indistinct umbo; ochre-buff at the centre, paling to buff at the margin; greasy. Stem 40–80×5–12mm; whitish apex mealy, silky-fibrous below. Flesh white; taste bitter, smell sweet, flowery. Gills free; clay-brown then rusty. Spores 12–17×7–9¼, almond-shaped, warted. Spore print deep rust. Cheilocystidia cylindrical, thin-walled, hyaline. Habitat in damp woodlands; autumn. Occasional. Unknown edibility, avoid. Note most British mycologists wrongly identified this mushroom as Hebeloma sacchariolens Quél., as I did in my first book; H. sacchariolens is a complex, and this fungus is the most frequent member of it.