Drab Tooth

Bankera fuligineoalba

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Drab Tooth Bankera fuligineoalba (J.C. Schmidt) Pouzar (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 4–15cm across, flat, becoming centrally depressed; initially pallid, becoming yellowish-brown, darkening with age; fleshy, usually covered in vegetable debris. Stem 10–50Γ—8–25mm; well-defined white apex, brownish below. Flesh whitish in cap, occasionally flushed pink, pallid to yellowish-brown in stem; smell of fenugreek when dry. Spines 1–6mm long; whitish then greyish. Spores 4.5–5.5Γ—2.5–3.5ΒΌ, oval, minutely spiny. Spore print white. Habitat in pine woods; autumn. Rare except in Highland pine forests, endangered on Red Data List, a conserved species on the Biodiversity Action Plan. Not edible.

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