Rooting Shank - Xerula radicata


    The cap is pale grey-brown to mid brown 4 to 10 cm across; convex or bell-shaped, becoming flatter and umbonate; sticky when moist, drying silky with radial wrinkles. The stem is long, (10 to 20 cm) and 0.5 to 1 cm diameter, rooting in buried wood.

    Identification difficulty
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    A woodland species. It is saprobic, rooting on rotten wood, often buried deep beneath leaf litter.

    When to see it

    Summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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