Velvet Shield - Pluteus umbrosus


The cap is 4 to 9 cm in diameter and is sepia to dark brown, usually with slightly darker radial streaks, being convex at first and then flattened, with a wrinkled fibrous surface giving a velvety appearance.

Identification difficulty

Solitary or in small groups on stumps, rotting fallen branches and other woody debris of broad-leaf trees. This species also appears on sawdust heaps.

When to see it

Found in late summer and autumn

UK Status

Infrequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

UK Map