Spindle Shank - Collybia fusipes

    Alternative names
    Spindle Toughshank

    Collybia fusipes has a tough greasy, brownish-red cap, which flattens with maturity but retains a blunt umbo; it is often lighter at the edges. The stem is concolourous with the cap and is spindle-shaped i.e. narrower top and bottom, hence the common name.” 

    Identification difficulty

    This fungus is found in and around the base of broadleaved trees, mainly Oak and Birch and occasionally Beech.

    When to see it

    Early summer to late autumn.

    Life History

    It is the cause of a root rot of Oak trees.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in southern Britain, but scarcer elsewhere.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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