Pleurotus eryngii

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Pleurotus eryngii (D.C.) Quél, (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 3–10cm across, convex then centrally depressed, margin remaining down-turned; dirty whitish at first, then brownish; slightly velvety at first, remaining so at margin but elsewhere soon smooth. Stem 30–100×10–30mm, usually slightly excentric; whitish. Flesh white; taste and smell pleasant. Gills decurrent; greyish. Spores 10–14×4–5¼, narrowly elliptical. Spore print white. Habitat on roots and decaying remains of umbellifers, especially Eryngium campestre; spring to autumn. Not yet found in Britain; my collection was made in France. Edible.

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