Redlead Roundhead - Leratiomyces ceres

    Alternative names
    Stropharia aurantiaca

    Cap 2 to 6 cm in diameter with thin flesh and a bright red to orange top which is convex to flat in age. It has partial veil remnants when young. The cap surface is usually dry, but can be slightly viscid when moist. The spores are purple / brown.

    Similar Species

    Stropharia rugosoannulata is similar and also commonly found growing on wood chips, though this species has a duller red cap.

    Identification difficulty

    It is usually found growing gregariously on wood chips.

    When to see it

    Most of the year.

    Life History

    Often found growing in large clusters on woodchip mulch.

    UK Status

    This is one of the most common and distinctive mushrooms found on woodchips.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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