Common Cavalier - Melanoleuca polioleuca


    Cap 3 to 8 cm, convex then flattened, often slightly depressed with a central boss, smooth, dark brown when moist drying buff. Gills whitish, stem slightly bulbous, whitish covered in dark grey-brown longitudinal fibres. The stem flesh is an unusual dark brown colour – tease the fibres apart with the fingers to see this.The stem is typically long - around twice the diameter of the cap.

    Identification difficulty

    Woods and pastures

    When to see it

    Late summer to late autumn

    UK Status

    Fairly common in Britain most records coming from England.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map