Peat Brownie

Hypholoma udum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Peat Brownie Hypholoma udum (Pers.) Kühner (illustrated 80% life size) Cap 1–2cm across, convex to bell-shaped, becoming expanded; dull ochre, flushed tan towards the centre, drying paler ochre; slightly viscid. Stem 30–100×2–3mm; pale yellowish at apex, becoming dark reddish-brown. Flesh bright ochre; smell mushroomy. Gills pale olivaceous at first, later dark brown. Spores 13–15×6–6.5¼, elliptical to fusiform, slightly ornamented. Spore print dark brown. Cheilocystidia thin-walled, hair-like, hyaline; pleurocystidia clavate with beak-like apex. Habitat in peaty, boggy ground; autumn. Occasional, more frequent in the north. Unknown edibility.

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