Common Rustgill - Gymnopilus penetrans


The cap is an orange-brown colour and can be sticky when wet, while the stem is a dull yellow colour and the gills, which are yellowish develop rust-brown spots with age. Spore print rusty orange-brown, spores ellipsoidal, 7-9 x 4-5.5µm, covered in small warts.

Identification difficulty

On fallen wood debris of conifers, occasionally on deciduous wood.

When to see it

Found from late spring to late autumn

Life History

Grows singly or in numbers

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map