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This species normally starts out a pale bluish green and soon fades to whitish. Yours seems too colourful. Did it smell of pepper?
Phillips and MJ's book are lacking info on S.caerulea but its in Collins and colour matchs well.
Collins lists it as woodland species while S.pseudocyanea is grassland species which matches habitat.
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To be really sure you would need to check for cheilochrysocystidia :0 and that would give you S caerulea. A lack of the above gives S aeruginosa
Irrespective of no observed fluffy white edge to gills?
The macro features can change with very dry/wet conditions and age so can on some occasions be less definitive.
It was identified by the West Weald fungus group rather than me! A number of competent people saw it.
And, yes it did smell of pepper!
Is that information(smell) not something you should of mentioned as information to accompany pictures?
I would agree with you on that.
Shame on you Sarah ;)
We are all guilty of occasionally forgeting important features, facts etc :-)
Genuine human(ish) error :(
Sorry, I forgot.
(if you can hear me from the naughty corner.......)
No need to apologise, surely? The great thing about iSpot is it helps us to know what to look for (or in this case report) next time. By the way, did you know that in the book The Time Garden by Edward Eager, the Natterjack Toad is portrayed as a magical creature who understands the laws of magic and time and assists the children on their adventures?
PS This vintage thread below (featuring one of our top amateur mycologists) shows (yet again) how complicated it is to identify what looks at first like a very distictive mushroom, in this case a blue/green Stropharia...
PPS It leaves us wondering about those cystidia with "pigs tail" extensions though!
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