Hohenbuehelia petalodes

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Hohenbuehelia petalodes (Bull.) Schulzer syn. H. geogenia (DC.) Singer (illustrated 30% life size) Cap 3–16cm across, tongue-, spatula- or funnel-shaped, but split down one side, margin incurved at first, then wavy and lobed; ochre-buff to hazel-brown; somewhat gelatinous skin, and covered towards the stem with white down. Stem 5–10Γ—5–10mm, excentric; whitish; tough. Flesh whitish; tough; taste and smell mealy. Gills decurrent; white at first, later creamy yellow. Spores 7–7.5Γ—3.5–4ΒΌ, elliptical. Spore print white. Pleurocystidia lanceolate, apically encrusted, thick-walled. Habitat on stumps or decaying wood of deciduous trees, especially beech on calcareous soil; autumn. Uncommon. Edible.

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