Common Rustgill - Gymnopilus penetrans


    The cap is an orange-brown colour and can be sticky when wet, while the stem is a dull yellow colour and the gills, which are yellowish develop rust-brown spots with age. Spore print rusty orange-brown, spores ellipsoidal, 7-9 x 4-5.5µm, covered in small warts.

    Identification difficulty

    On fallen wood debris of conifers, occasionally on deciduous wood.

    When to see it

    Found from late spring to late autumn

    Life History

    Grows singly or in numbers

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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