Frosty Fibrecap

Inocybe maculata

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Frosty Fibrecap Inocybe maculata Boud. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 2–8cm across, conical to bell-shaped with prominent umbo, often radially split or cracked; covered in long chestnut fibres, initially with veil of dense white down, persisting on umbo. Stem 30–80Γ—5–12mm; white, becoming flushed brown; sometimes slightly smoother at base. Flesh white; taste mild, smell strong and fruity. Gills adnate; pale greyish-buff, edge white. Spores 9–11Γ—4.5–5.5ΒΌ, bean-shaped, smooth. Spore print walnut-brown. Cheilocystidia clavate without apical encrustation, thin-walled. Habitat in beech woods on chalk; autumn. Occasional. Poisonous.

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