Weeping Widow - Lacrymaria lacrymabunda

    Description

    Referred to as the Weeping Widow, because of the black, watery droplets which appear at the edge of the gills when they are moist. Initially bell-shaped with a woolly, in-rolled margin to which pale fragments of the veil remain attached. At maturity, caps grow to between 4 and 12cm in diameter, and usually retain a distinct umbo. The reddish cap surface is radially streaked with yellow and clay brown tinges.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Verges, churchyards and other grassy places.

    When to see it

    Most common in late summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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