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Cantharellula umbonata   (Grayling)
Family
Cantharellula
Location
Europe
Dimensions
cap 2-3 cm dia; stem 2.5-12.5 cm tall * 0.3-0.7 cm dia.
Edibility
Inedible

Description
Cantharellula umbonata, also known as Grayling is a small to medium-sized, funnel-shaped agaric with grey cap and forked gills that grow associated with Polytrichum moss and fruits in the summer and fall.

Cap convex at first, becoming flat to sunken; most specimens with a small, pointed umbo; margin incurved at first, becoming upturned and wavy in age; surface grey to greyish brown overall, often appearing to have whitish blotches; dry to moist; smooth to minutely hairy; flesh white; odour and taste not distinctive. Gills close to crowded, decurrent, repeatedly and regularly forked; whitish, developing spot-like reddish or sometimes yellow stains in age. Stem often with swollen portions; some-what flexible, often bent, curved, and/or twisted; white to grey; silky above, stuffed, usually with whitish mycelium binding the lower stalk to mass; often water-saturated near the base. Spore print white.

Similar species include Cantharellus tubaeformis whic has dingy-brown cap bearing forked veins instead of gills.




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