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False Chanterelle

Observed: 12th December 2012 By: MartincitoMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
side view
from above
spore print
Melzer's reagent on spore print
Hyphae from pileipellis

Cluster of dirty-looking mushroom growing in a frosty wood-chip mulched border.
Caps coloured tawny/dark-grey at centre becoming progressively lighter-coloured towards off-white margin. Funnel-shaped with curled-in margin. Up to about 7 cm across. Soft and flexible. No distinctive smell.
Orange dichotomously-forked decurrent slightly wavy crowded gills.
Dark brown stems, 3 cm long, about 7 mm across, no ring, tapering towards base which was fused with adjacent muchrooms and showed some cream-coloured mycelium among the adhering little clod of earth.
White spore print went brown with a drop of Melzer's, though the reagent itself is brown, so hard to know how much colour change was due to a reaction with the spores.
Smooth oval spores, 6.5-7 x 3.5-4, Qe=1.7, with a granulated appearance or one or two large blobs inside. Light green/grey in water, slighly yellower in Melzers, so inamyloid or maybe slighly dextrinoid.
Hyphae of pileipellis 5-8 µm diameter with clamps and rounded end cells.


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Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Amazing to see all the detail here, thanks for such a well-documented observation!

Entomologist and biological recorder

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Thanks for this comment

Thanks for this comment Martin... much appreciated!