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Corrugated capped mushroom

Observed: 17th November 2011 By: allison_reid99allison_reid99’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensallison_reid99’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Just over 1cm wide, cream-coloured, corrugated, shield-capped fungus. Found in meadowland. Stem thin and about 5-7cm long


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.


Martincito's picture

Not sure what that agg.

Not sure what that agg. means, but looks like it was a dead heat between our IDs David!

flaxton's picture

Agg is an abbreviation of

Agg is an abbreviation of Aggregate (of species). It means that there are possibly a few different species currently under the same name

Martincito's picture

Thanks. While on this

Thanks. While on this subject, is var. short for variety?

flaxton's picture

Yes. My only concern with

Yes. My only concern with that is I do not know what constitutes a var. Boletus luridus var rubriceps has a cap colour much redder than the norm but in all other respects is the same. Unfortunately there are others where the colour, spore size and basidia shape are all different and I cannot understand why these are not different species rather than just a var. There are yet others especially in the Russula where one species such as R sardonia which can be blood-purple through to green or yellow. The latter two colours are "forma viridis" and "forma mellina" and not vars.????

Martincito's picture

Tricky little devils these

Tricky little devils these mushrooms, aren't they?

David Jardine's picture


Thanks Malcolm for these explanations.

I used agg. as I have reservations about identifying fungi to secies from photographs as many require a check of the microscopic features to be certain as to which species is involved.


flaxton's picture

I can fully understand that

I can fully understand that David but I think there are occasions when a probable id is better for the punters even if it "might" be wrong.
I have found P plicatilis very close to woodland and P leiocephala outside woodland but they are usually confined to their preferred habitat.

Martincito's picture

If I'm not sure of the

If I'm not sure of the species (which is often the case) I put just the genus name and add my suspicions about species as a comment... or maybe the genus as a "it's likely to be" followed by the species as an "It might be" ID.