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Blue Edge Pinkgill

Entoloma serrulatum

Description:

Four or more mushrooms growing in a fairy ring around some boxer shorts! The boxers are probably helping retain moisture within the leaf-litter, providing an ideal habitat for the mycelium to flourish. The biggest was about 4cm across and 6cm high, the small ones were about 1.5-2cm across. I didn't smell or taste them. At first I thought they might be something like Rhodocollybia prolixa but with a closer look they had a darkened gill edge (most obvious on 3rd photo) and so now I think they might be a pale strain (or just washed out) Entoloma serrulatum. In a previous year I found a single E. serrulatum mushroom probably from a different mycelial patch a few metres away (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/155...) and later after the current spotting I found another patch a few metres away in a different direction. Mushrooms must really like this habitat since every year there's been a number of different species growing in this 20x20m square area under a concentrated patch of coniferous trees that look similar to Leylandii (Leyland cypress). The trees are near the edge of a reservoir and beneath a hill of mixed, mostly coniferous, woodland. Most photos on google and in my field guides show E. serrulatum with a darker, usually blackish cap and gill edge. The radial fibres/granules are another trait of this mushroom. E. serrulatum is noted as uncommon to rare here; http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/entolo... and there are almost 1200 records in the UK on nbngateway https://data.nbn.org.uk/Taxa/NHMSYS00014...

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High Peak, England, United Kingdom

Lat: 53.29, Long: -1.98

Spotted on Nov 14, 2014
Submitted on Nov 14, 2014

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