Tache's picture

Melanoleuca spp

Observed: 25th October 2011 By: TacheTache’s reputation in Fungi and LichensTache’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Melanoleuca_2 1

Cap about 40mm diameter, stem fibrous, 40mm.
Found in garden bed which had been mulched with shreddings not too long ago. Not in a clump, but another, smaller, was close by.


Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


miked's picture

It might be a Melanoleuca but

It might be a Melanoleuca but given the situation I would tend to look at Pluteus first.

Martincito's picture

I've looked through the

I've looked through the Pluteus (Plutei??) and can't find one like this. I have seen reference to Melanoleuca growing in wood chips, compost, gardens, but I can find very few UK references to M. arcuata. I guess the safest ID would be just the Melanoleuca genus, but I couldn't help noticing a good match with M. melaleuca...

miked's picture

P. cervinus can look like

P. cervinus can look like this, the gills tend to become pinkish but can start off white. It is extremely common in the situation you mention.
M. polioleuca(M. melaleuca) can also look like this but I think tends to flatten the cap out more, the situation is not common for this species though.
perhaps we can't say from the photo but in vast majority of cases something looking like this from a flower bed mulched with wood chippings would be a Pluteus (and very often P. cervinus)

Tache's picture

Probably not P. cervinus

I did a spore print (after I sent in the original id request - sorry). The spores were pure white, so it can't be P. cervinus (pinkish spores according to various articles on the net). Does that help?

miked's picture

Melanoleuca is looking more

Melanoleuca is looking more promising then. Actually might be an idea to put a picture of the spore print on, I keep meaning to do this for the ones where I do a spore print.