Ochre Aldercap

Naucoria escharioides

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Ochre Aldercap Naucoria escharioides (Fr.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 0.7–4cm across, convex then flat; pale yellowish-buff when moist, drying even paler, not striate; minutely fibrillose. Stem 15–40×1–4mm; concolorous with cap, more yellowish towards apex. Flesh brown to buff; thin; taste radishy or sometimes bitter, smell sweet. Gills adnexed; ochraceous to ochre-brown. Spores (9)10–13×5–6.5¼, almond-shaped, rough. Spore print brown. Cheilocystidia thin-walled, with swollen base and long narrow neck with acute apex, densely crowded. Habitat in damp ground with alders; autumn. Frequent with alders. Not edible.