Snakeskin Brownie Hypholoma marginatum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Snakeskin Brownie Hypholoma marginatum (Pers.) J. Schröt. in Cohn (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 1.5–4cm across, bell-shaped; dull tan, margin paler buff. Stem 30–70×2–5mm; brownish, covered in white, silky fibres producing a silvery effect, becoming brownish on handling. Flesh whitish in cap, becoming brownish towards the stem base; taste very bitter, smell mushroomy. Gills pale yellowish when young, soon olivaceous-brown. Spores 7–9.5×4–5¼, elliptical with a distinct pore. Spore print dark brown. Cheilocystidia thin-walled, hair-like or bottle-shaped, hyaline; pleurocystidia clavate with long, beak-like apex. Habitat with conifers; autumn. Frequent. Unknown edibility.