Hebeloma bruchetii

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Hebeloma bruchetii Bon (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 1.5–3cm across, conico-convex at first then expanded, often umbonate, margin hung with veil remnants; light reddish-brown to orange-brown, lighter at margin; slightly viscid when wet. Stem 20–40×3–6mm; pale cream, discolouring red-brownish towards base; copious, ochraceous veil. Flesh pallid; thin; taste somewhat bitter, smell slightly radishy. Gills free; pallid at first then reddish-brown. Spores 8–10.5×4.5–6¼, ellipsoid. Spore print clay-brown. Habitat with dwarf willow in mountainous regions, especially Scotland; summer to autumn. Very rare. Unknown edibility, avoid. Note this is possibly a first record for this fungus in Britain.