Conifer Roundhead

Stropharia hornemannii

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Conifer Roundhead Stropharia hornemannii (Fr.) S. Lundell & Nannf. (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 6–15cm across, broadly convex, umbonate; dull reddish-brown or purple-brown; white veil remnants at margin, very viscid when wet. Stem 60–120×10–20mm; white; strongly fibrillose-scaly below the prominent ring. Flesh white; taste and smell a little unpleasant. Gills adnate, crowded; pallid then purple-brown. Spores 10–14×5.5–7¼, elliptical, with germ pore. Spore print purple-brown. Habitat on rotting conifer logs; late summer to autumn. Very rare, common in Scandinavia, vulnerable on Red Data List. Not edible possibly poisonous.