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Weeping Widow

Lacrymaria lacrymabunda


Commonly referred to as the Weeping Widow, because of the black, watery droplets that appear at the cap rim and on te edges of the gills when they are moist. Cap Initially bell-shaped with a woolly, in-rolled margin to which pale fragments of the veil remain attached. At maturity, caps growing to between 4 and 12cm in diameter, usually retaining a distinct umbo. The reddish cap surface is radially streaked with yellow and clay brown tinges. Gills Adnexed to free; initially yellow-brown with a very pale edge, but soon becoming blackened with spores. The gill edges hold black watery droplets when moist. Stem 5 to 10mm in diameter; 5 to 10cm tall; a paler brown than the cap but more russet towards the base; fibrous, with a ring zone of pale fibres that soon become stained black by falling spores. Spores of Lacrymaria-lacrymabunda, Weeping Widow mushroom Spores Ellipsoidal to lemon shaped, warty, 8-11 x 5-7μm, with a germ pore. Spore print Black.


This grassland fungus is an occasional species in parkland, open woodland, lawns, fields and roadside verges. Saprobic, in grassland and on verges beside lanes; occasionally also in woodland clearings. April to November in Britain and Ireland, but most common between early July and late September.


Spotted in a mix forest near my house in the base of a sandy land elevation ,this sandy land is the wast of a construction building near by,so i opinion is that these ones come from another place,the sand for construction is bringed or from the atlantic sea(40km)or from a river sand exploration more close.

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Braga, Portugal

Spotted on Nov 19, 2013
Submitted on Dec 24, 2013

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