Common Stump Brittlestem - Psathyrella piluliformis

    Alternative names
    Stump Brittlestem
    Description

    This species has a cap of up to 7 cm and is coloured various shades of reddish brown, the colour changing depending on moisture levels. Convex when young, usually expanding to broadly convex or flat, or with slight umbo. The gills start pale brownish, but become purplish brown. Stem whitish, fragile.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Grows around old tree stumps and on decaying wood.

    When to see it

    August to November

    UK Status

    Fairly common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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