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Rooting shank

Xerula radicata


The cap is pale grey-brown to mid brown. It is 4 to 10 cm across and convex or bell-shaped, becoming flatter and umbonate. The cap is sticky when moist, drying silky with radial wrinkles. The gills are adnate with a slight decurrent tooth and are pale cream, with browner edges when fully mature. The stem of Xerula radicata is 8 to 20 cm long and 0.5 to 1 cm in diameter. The base usually rooting in buried wood and is finely grooved. It is white at the apex and browner near the base.


The rooting shank is a fairly common woodland mushroom throughout most parts of Europe and North America. Xerula radicata is a saprobic fungus, rooting on rotten wood, often buried deep beneath leaf litter.


Spotted in Paleispark 't Loo in rural area of Apeldoorn, Holland. (sources:see reference)

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Spotted on Oct 5, 2015
Submitted on Oct 6, 2015

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