Pale Brittlestem

Psathyrella candolleana

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Pale Brittlestem Psathyrella candolleana (Fr.) Maire (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 2–6cm across, bell-shaped, becoming flattened; pale ochraceous-brown when moist, drying almost white or flushed with brown; margin often appearing toothed with remnants of veil. Stem 40–80×4–8mm; white; fragile, hollow. Flesh white; thin; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills adnate, crowded; greyish-lilac, darkening to chocolate-brown. Spores 6–8×3.5–4.5¼, elliptical or ovate. Spore print dark brown. Cheilocystidia finger-shaped or cylindrical, thin-walled, hyaline. Habitat on or near deciduous trees, stumps, or cut timbers; spring to late autumn. Very common. Unknown edibility, avoid.