Egghead Mottlegill

Panaeolus semiovatus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Egghead Mottlegill Panaeolus semiovatus (Sowerby) S. Lundell (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 2–6cm across, ovate-bell-shaped, never expanding, velar remnants often adhering to margin; clay-white, tinged yellowish towards centre; viscid, drying shiny. Stem 50–100Γ—4–8mm, slightly thickened at base; whitish; ring white and membranaceous, persistent. Flesh whitish, yellowish in stem. Gills broad; whitish, soon brown-black, often with a white edge. Spores 16–20Γ—10–12ΒΌ, pip-shaped. Spore print black. Pleurocystidia in form of broad, lanceolate chrysocystidia with pointed apices. Habitat on dung; spring to early winter. Common. Not edible.

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