Psathyrella pennata

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Psathyrella pennata (Fr.) Konrad & Maubl. (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 1–2.5cm across, broadly bell-shaped; grey-brown to reddish-brown, becoming ochre; covered in whitish, cottony fibrils or scales, especially towards the margin. Stem 25–50×2–4mm; whitish. Flesh brownish in cap, whitish to ochraceous in stem; thin; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills pallid to purplish-grey. Spores 8–9×4–4.5¼, pip-shaped. Spore print dark purplish-brown. Cheilo- and pleurocystidia acutely fusiform, thin-walled, hyaline. Habitat on fire sites; early summer to autumn. Occasional. Unknown edibility.