Wood Blewit - Lepista nuda

    Description

    Cap 6 to 12 cm across, flattened-convex becoming depressed and wavy, bluish lilac at first then more brownish. Gills lilac. A good edible fungus but must be well-cooked as it causes severe indigestion if eaten raw or under-cooked. Spore print pale pink. 

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Usually with oak, but also found in mixed woodlands and beside hedgerows.

    When to see it

    Found in autumn and early winter

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in Britain

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map