Psathyrella gossypina

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Psathyrella gossypina (Bull.) A. Pearson & Dennis (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 1–2.5cm across, hemispherical to bell-shaped, expanding slightly, margin hung with cottony white veil fragments; chestnut-brown, drying ochre; partly covered with veil remnants, striate. Stem 20–50×3–6mm, slightly enlarged towards the base; white, cream below; minutely cottony. Flesh yellow in the stem when young. Gills adnexed, crowded, narrow; pallid, becoming purple-grey. Spores 6–8×3.5–4¼, elliptical. Spore print black-brown. Cystidia lance-shaped. Habitat on the ground, often on fire sites; autumn. Uncommon. Not edible.