Pseudocraterellus undulatus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Pseudocraterellus undulatus (Pers.) Rauschert syn. P. sinuosus (Fr.) D.A. Reid (illustrated 30% life size) Cap 1–5cm across, irregularly funnel-shaped, margin wavy and lobed; greyish-brown; fibrous. Stem 5–10cm long, tapering towards base; greyish towards base. Spore-bearing surface irregularly folded, resembling vein-like gills; paler and more creamy than stem; smell fruity. Spores 8–10×5–7¼, ovate. Spore print white. Habitat in clusters in leaf litter of deciduous woods; autumn. Occasional, vulnerable on Red Data List. Edible good. Note DNA tests will probably cause this fungus to move to the genus Craterellus.