Slimy Spike

Gomphidius glutinosus


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Slimy Spike Gomphidius glutinosus (Schaeff.) Fr. syn. Gomphus glutinosus (Schaeff.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 40% life size) Cap 5–12cm across, convex with an umbo; greyish-violet; glutinous. Stem 35–100×10–20mm; whitish above, grey-brown below, sometimes lemon-chrome at the base; glutinous, with a glutinous veil connecting stem and cap margin, which leaves a gelatinous, blackening zone near the stem apex. Flesh whitish, flushing vinaceous in the cap, strongly lemon-chrome towards the stem base; taste and smell not distinctive. Gills decurrent, distant; whitish then vinaceous-grey, darkening with age. Spores 17–20×5.5–6¼, subfusiform. Spore print sepia. Habitat with conifers; autumn. Occasional. Edible but not recommended.

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