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

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