Hebeloma radicosum

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Hebeloma radicosum

28 September 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, expanding with age, smooth when dry, slimy when moist, cream, pinkish or ochraceus, covered with reddish brown velar remnants, to about 10 cm across

Gills

Emarginate, broad, crowded, whitish or pinkish when young, becoming reddish brown

Stem

Cylindrical, often broader at the base, attached to a long tapered tap root or rhizoid, whitish, becoming brown from the base, covered with woolly scales, ring membranous

Flesh

Firm, white

Smell

Strong, almonds or marzipan

Taste

Mild to bitter

Season

Summer to autumn

Distribution

Rarely reported

Habitat

On rich soil in deciduous woods, favouring beech, growing from a long buried rhizoid that reaches down to an animal's latrine or the buried remains of a dead animal

Spore Print

Snuff brown

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal or almond shaped, warty, dextrinoid (8-10.5) x (4.5-6) µm2. Basidia clavate, mostly four spored, some two spored. Gill edge cystidia cylindrical, irregular, often with expanded tips.

Edibility

Poisonous

Additional Photographs

Hebeloma radicosum

28 September 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hebeloma radicosum

Spores in Congo Red solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 28 September 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Hebeloma radicosum

Basidia in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 28 September 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin