Echinodermo aspera

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Echinodermo aspera

October 2002 Buckinghamshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonymns

Lepiota aspera

Cap

Convex, expanding, smooth, brown decorated with dark brown pyramidal warts, cracking to reveal the pale flesh below, margin overhanging, to about 18 cm across

Gills

Free, broad, crowded, white to cream

Stem

Cylindrical, whitish at the apex, fibrillose and brown below, sometimes hollow, ring apical, woolly, remnants visible on the stem in older specimens

Flesh

White, firm

Smell

Unpleasant, like Lepiota cristata

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Summer to autumn

Distribution

Frequent

Habitat

On soil, and well rotted wood, in deciduous woods

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth, dextrinoid (6-10) x (2.5-3.5) µm2. Gill edge cystidia club shaped. Pileipellis formed from chains of ellipsoidal cells, some septa clamped.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

The Echinoderma genus contains many similar looking species, the identification of which requires microscopy