Petticoat Mottlegill - Panaeolus papilionaceus

    Alternative names
    Panaeolus sphinctrinus

    Cap 1 to 5 cm is brownish in colour and conical or bell shaped. It may become finely hairy or cracked with age. It develops tiny white partial veil fragments that hang like little teeth from the edge of the cap. There is no ring on the stalk (stipe).

    Identification difficulty

    It grows in dung or grassland enriched with manure, particularly that of horses or cattle.

    When to see it

    Peaking in autumn.

    Life History

    Usually found in groups but occasionally solitary and scattered.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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