Conifer Tuft

Hypholoma capnoides


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Conifer Tuft Hypholoma capnoides (Fr.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 2–6cm across, convex with an indistinct umbo; pale ochraceous, flushed tan in the centre, margin buff. Stem 40–100×5–10mm; ochraceous-buff, flushed tan from base up, with white cortinal zone. Flesh yellowish; taste sweetish, smell not distinctive. Gills whitish at first then greyish-lilac. Spores 7–8×4–5¼, elliptical-ovate with a distinct pore. Spore print dark brown. Cheilocystidia thin-walled, cylindrical, hair-like; pleurocystidia broadly clavate with beak-like apex. Habitat conifer stumps; spring to late autumn. Uncommon. Said to be edible.

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