Mystery grassland fungus

Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Lee Dingain
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Mystery grassland fungus

Post by Lee Dingain » Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:13 pm

Anybody got any pointers on this one. Found on grassland in Surrey in October.
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roy betts
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Re: Mystery grassland fungus

Post by roy betts » Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:39 pm

Looks like the gills are free + scally cap and scales on the stem base also: a Lepiota sp.
You really need a microscope to get to species, although the grey cap scales are quite unusual.
It may well be L. forquignonii (but might be one of the species around griseovirens/obscura). They are in different sections and have differently shaped spores.

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Re: Mystery grassland fungus

Post by Lee Dingain » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:45 pm

Many thanks for that. I'm about to order a decent microscope.

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