Stropharia squamosa

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Stropharia squamosa (Pers.) Quél. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 3–5cm across, convex-campanulate; dull yellow-ochre to tawny, with paler, faint scales at margin; viscid. Stem 60–120×3–10mm, long, rigid; brownish; scaly below the small ring. Flesh whitish; thin; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills adnate, crowded; pallid then purple-brown. Spores 12–14×6–7.5¼, elliptical, with pore at tip. Spore print purple-brown. Habitat on decayed wood chips in mixed woodlands and flower beds; late summer to autumn. Occasional. Not edible.