Grey Tooth

Phellodon melaleucus

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Grey Tooth Phellodon melaleucus (Schwartz) P. Karst. (illustrated 50% life size) Fruit bodies usually fused together. Cap 1–4cm across, thin, funnel-shaped, centre roughened by pointed projections or pitted; white then greyish, often with blue tones, flesh-colour, reddish-brown or purplish-brown, finally almost black; velvety at first then radiately fibrous and wrinkled or grooved. Stem 10–20×1–5mm, often flattened; blackish-brown; smooth or covered in fine fibres. Flesh slate-grey, tinted purplish; taste slightly bitter, smell strong, of fenugreek. Spines 1–2mm long; white then grey. Spores 3.5–4.5×3–4¼, subglobose, spiny. Spore print white. Habitat usually in coniferous woods; autumn. Occasional, vulnerable on Red Data List, a conserved species on the Biodiversity Action Plan. Unknown edibility.