Willow Shield - Pluteus salicinus


    Cap 2 to 5 cm across, convex then flattened and slightly umbonate, bluish or greenish grey darker at the centre, faintly striate when moist. Gills white then flesh pink.

    Identification difficulty

    It is often found on alder and willow. It is always found growing on wood.

    When to see it

    Early summer to late autumn.

    Life History

    Pluteus salicinus is a wood-rotting fungus that occurs mainly on hardwood stumps and buried timber, particularly willow.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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