Gomphidius maculatus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Gomphidius maculatus Fr. syn. G. gracilis Berk. & Broome (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 3–6cm across, flat then funnel-shaped; whitish or greyish, blotched with black in older specimens; glutinous. Stem 45–75×10–20mm; whitish, becoming streaked sepia, base yellowish; dry at apex. Flesh white in cap, reddening throughout with a vinaceous tint in stem base, blackening with age in places; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills distant, decurrent; whitish, becoming vinaceous-grey, darkening with age. Spores 17–23×6–8¼, subfusiform. Spore print fuscous black. Habitat with larch; late summer to autumn. Rarely reported but apparently widespread. Edible but not recommended.