A frustrating 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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NickWood
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A frustrating fungus!

Post by NickWood » Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:31 pm

A very distinctive, neatly proportioned fungus, but I have no idea what it might be!
A few specimens widely spaced in a scrub clearing in a deciduous wood (mainly birch and oak).
Cap 5cm, yellowish brown, slimy when wet, smooth when dry, gently convex, margin inrolled.
Gills close, decurrent, pale yellowish cream, bruising deep reddish-brown.
Stem 35 x 15mm, no bulb at base. Flesh of cap rubbery, stem discolouring reddish brown when cut.
No distinctive smell or taste.
Spore colour rust/chestnut; ellipsoid to almond-shaped, smooth, 6.5-8.5 x 4.5-5.5μm
Help please!
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Re: A frustrating fungus!

Post by Lancashire Lad » Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:48 pm

Hi,

Looks like Paxillus involutus or one of its very close relatives.

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Re: A frustrating fungus!

Post by Flaxton » Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:28 am

This is Paxillus cuprinus. The fact that it is an open area is the first clue and then the shape of the spores confirms it. There are a lot of pear shaped spores.

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Re: A frustrating fungus!

Post by NickWood » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:47 am

Flaxton wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:28 am
This is Paxillus cuprinus. The fact that it is an open area is the first clue and then the shape of the spores confirms it. There are a lot of pear shaped spores.
Many thanks for your help. Having got the species, I searched for more information about P. cuprinus and found http://fungi.myspecies.info/all-fungi/paxillus-cuprinus - quite a detailed, useful description, I thought.
All the best... Nick

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