Field Blewit - Lepista saeva

    Description

    The Field Blewit, is less common than its close relative the Wood Blewit, and differs in having a cap coloured greyish brown rather than violet even when young. The smooth cap, up to 12 cm in diameter, is a deep creamy colour, and is usually domed but older specimens sometimes become slightly concave. The gills are almost white when young, turning pinkish buff as the fruitbody matures. The stipe (stem) often has a strong violet tint and can be slightly bulbous at the base.

    Similar Species

    The beige cap distinguished it from the Wood Blewit - both have lilac stipes.

    Habitat

    Grassland, especially on chalk or limestone.

    When to see it

    Most plentiful from September to January.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain except in the extreme north, however it is not as common as the related Wood Blewit.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map