Inocybe adaequata

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Inocybe adaequata (Britzelm.) Sacc. syn. I. jurana (Pat.) Sacc. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 2–6cm across, conical to bell-shaped; buff with darker brown fibres radiating from the centre, soon becoming flushed reddish-brown or sometimes vinaceous-purple; the black patches on the caps shown here are mould. Stem 20–60×4–10mm, base slightly swollen; white, soon becoming reddish. Flesh white at first, becoming flushed pink in cap and stem base; taste mild or mealy, smell strongly mealy. Gills adnate or free; white at first then tinged clay. Spores 10–15×5–7¼, bean-shaped, smooth. Spore print walnut-brown. Cheilocystidia thin-walled, clavate, without apical encrustation. Habitat in deciduous or mixed woods, especially beechwoods on chalk; autumn. Uncommon. Not edible. Note I have adopted the earlier name for this.