Brown Mottlegill or Brown Hay Cap Panaeolina foenisecii

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Brown Mottlegill or Brown Hay Cap Panaeolina foenisecii (Pers.) Maire syn. Psilocybe foenisecii (Pers.) Quél. syn. Panaeolus foenisecii (Pers.) Kühner (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 1–2cm across, bell-shaped to convex; dark, dull brown, drying pale clay-brown from the rust-coloured centre outwards to the margin, which often remains darker. Stem 40–70×2–3mm; paler than the cap. Flesh buff to pale brown; smell not distinctive. Gills adnate; pale brown when young, soon becoming mottled darker. Spores 12–15×7–8.5¼, lemon-shaped, rough, with germ-pore. Spore print brownish-black. Habitat in grassland, on lawns, and along roadsides; summer to autumn. Common. Not edible.

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