Monday, October 15, 2007


More fungi found on our walk on Saturday...

This is probably a Hebeloma, or Poisonpie.

These are hard to narrow down to species without microscopy but are relatively easy to place in Hebeloma if you look for the important clues in the field, such as a radishy smell. Also, you can see dark spots on the gill edge which are also characteristic of certain species in this genus. There are large cells along the gill edge (cheilocystidia) which collect small drops of moisture. When fresh you can often see these all along the edges of the gills. These droplets collect the brown spores and when they dry out they leave the brown spots.

You wouldn't want to eat Poisonpie.
The common English name is a bit of a giveway eh?

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