Deer Shield

Deer Shield

Observation - Deer Shield - UK and Ireland. Description: A couple of these were growing on a well-rotted branch in a wooded area of the park. Brown cap 12 cm across. Pink free gills. Flesh white. White solid stem with darker flecks, 10 cm long, 1.2 cm diameter though a bit wider at top and at base. Tall horned

A couple of these were growing on a well-rotted branch in a wooded area of the park. Brown cap 12 cm across. Pink free gills. Flesh white. White solid stem with darker flecks, 10 cm long, 1.2 cm diameter though a bit wider at top and at base. Tall horned cystidia - which give the mushroom its common name apparently. Basidia 4-spored (first time I've ever found any!). Smooth elliptical spores measured 5-8 x 5-6 microns.