Garland Roundhead

Stropharia coronilla

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Garland Roundhead Stropharia coronilla (Bull.) Quél. (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 2–4cm across, convex then flattened; light yellow; slightly viscid or greasy. Stem 25–40×6–8mm, tapering towards base; white; ring white, but often accentuated by trapped deposit of dark spores. Flesh white; thick. Gills white then clay-brown. Spores 7–9×4–6¼, elliptical, with indistinct pore. Spore print purple-brown. Pleurocystidia broadly lanceolate with acutely pointed apex, staining deeply aniline blue in lactic acid. Habitat lawns and pasture; autumn. Occasional. Edible but not worthwhile.

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