Inocybe hirtella

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Inocybe hirtella Bres. (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 1–3cm across, convex to bell-shaped; straw-yellow to gold; disrupting into small, adpressed scales. Stem 20–45×2–4mm, base slightly bulbous; white, tinged flesh-colour; mealy. Flesh white in cap, pale brownish in stem; taste mild, smell of almonds, but this is often difficult to detect unless specimens have been enclosed in a small container. Gills adnexed; whitish-straw at first, then becoming olive-brown. Spores 8–12×5–7¼, almond-shaped, smooth. Spore print brown. Basidia usually 2-spored. Cheilo- and pleurocystidia thick-walled, varying in shape from narrowly to broadly fusoid, apically encrusted with crystals. Habitat in deciduous or mixed woods, especially with hazel; autumn. Occasional, probably often overlooked or confused with other species. Not edible.

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