Inocybe grammata

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Inocybe grammata Quél. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 1.5–4cm across, conical to bell-shaped with an acute umbo; whitish umbo, elsewhere honey-coloured often with a pink flush, covered in fine, white, radiating fibrils. Stem 40–75×3–10mm, with a large, marginate bulb; white, becoming flushed pinkish, especially at apex; finely mealy to base. Flesh white in the centre of the cap, elsewhere pale flesh-coloured; taste mild, smell strong and pleasant. Gills adnexed; white then pallid, becoming cinnamon. Spores 7–9×5–5.5¼, oblong, with 8–12 indistinct knobs giving a wavy outline. Spore print walnut-brown. Cheilo- and pleurocystidia variable in shape from fusoid to ovate, with apical encrustation and thickened, hyaline walls. Habitat amongst grass in open mixed woodland; summer. Uncommon. Unknown edibility, best avoided.