Variable Oysterling

Crepidotus variabilis

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Variable Oysterling Crepidotus variabilis (Pers.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 0.5–2cm across, kidney-shaped, often lobed; white; felty-hairy. Stem absent or rudimentary. Gills radiating from rudimentary stem; whitish at first, becoming ochraceous-flesh-coloured. Spores 5–7×3–3.5¼, elliptical, minutely spiny to warty. Spore print clay-pink. Habitat on fallen twigs, old straw, dead grass or other vegetable debris; autumn to early winter. In the past thought to be common, but many records have now been redetermined as C. cesatii (Rabenh.) Sacc. Not edible.