Sphagnum Brownie

Hypholoma elongatum


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Sphagnum Brownie Hypholoma elongatum (Pers.) Ricken (illustrated 80% life size) Cap 1–2cm across, convex to bell-shaped then flattened; pale honey-yellow to olivaceous when moist, drying ochre-buff. Stem 50–100Γ—1–3mm, elongated; concolorous with cap, paler at apex; base covered in white down. Flesh whitish-yellow; thin; taste and smell mushroomy. Gills pallid then pinkish. Spores 9.5–11.5Γ—6–6.5ΒΌ, elliptical with pore. Spore print dark brown. Habitat usually amongst sphagnum and polytrichum moss, also on bare peat; autumn. Frequent. Unknown edibility.

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