Velvet Shield - Pluteus umbrosus

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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