Lacrymaria velutina

L velutinaAlso known as: Psathyrella velutina

Fibrous Psathyrella

Order Agaricales, Family Psathyrellaceae 

CAP BROWNISH, FIBROUS

Cap:  5-10 cm wide; convex, later flat with knob; light brown; densely fibrous, scaly; hairy; cap edge hung with veil remnants when young and splitting with age

GILLS PALE, THEN BECOMING MOTTLED DARK BROWN

Gills: attached; crowded; yellowish becoming brown; edges sometimes with beads of water on edges

L velutinaSTALK SCALY, HAIRY

Stalk: 5-12 cm long, 3-15 mm thick; often fibrous and hairy below ring zone; hollow, equal or with swollen base

Ring:  evanescent, leaving ring zone on stalk

SPORE PRINT DARK BROWN

Spores 8-12 x 5-8 µm, elliptical, finely warty

ON LAWNS, ALONG PATHS, ON COMPOST

EDIBLE

Lookalike:

Inocybe sp.:  light brown spore print

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A rare city mushroom.  If you find it, you may discover that it's less of a gastronomic treat than an aesthetic one, with a distinct scaly-hairy cap.


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