Inocybe flocculosa

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Inocybe flocculosa

1 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Initially convex and connected at the margin to the stem by a fine veil, then expanding with a central bump, surface fibrous, brown, breaking up into scales to reveal the lighter flesh below, veil remnants visible at the margin, to about 5 cm across

Gills

Adnexed, crowded, pale brown then cinnamon, with a white edge

Stem

Cylindrical, white then brown, bruising brown, finely hairy at the apex

Flesh

Whitish

Smell

Faint, bleach

Taste

Do not taste

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

Usually in deciduous woods, rarely with conifers

Spore Print

Snuff brown

Microscopic Features

Spores almond shaped, smooth (8-11) x (4.5-6) µm2. Basidia club shaped, four spored. Gill edge cystidia flask shaped and spindle shaped with apical crystals. Cystida at the stem apex finger shaped.

Edibility

Poisonous

Additional Photographs

Inocybe flocculosa

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 1 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Inocybe flocculosa

A cystidium from the gill edge in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 1 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Inocybe flocculosa

Cystidia from the stem apex in Congo Red solution viewed with a x40 objective. 1 October 2020 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin