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Entoloma vernum   (Pinkgill mushroom)
North America, Europe
Cap 2-4 cm diameter, stem 2-7 cm tall * 0.2-0.6 cm thick

Entoloma vernum, also known as Pinkgill mushroom, is a small agaric that has a grey-brown cap and stem, with brown gills. It can be seen mainly in spring, but also during summer and autumn, and occur as solitary or in small trooping groups in grasslands, often near conifers.

Cap greyish tan or darker, conic to broadly conic, flattening out somewhat but retaining a sharp, central umbo; dry; silky to nearly bald; Flesh brown, thin and fragile. Gills tan-brown or greyish, becoming pinkish, narrowly attached to the stem, or nearly free from it; close or nearly distant.Spores are pink coloured. Stem equal, or slightly tapered toward the apex; finely fibrillose near the apex, but nearly bald elsewhere; brownish to tan or brown overall, but paler at the apex. Flesh same colour as surface, pithy or narrowly hollow. The mushroom has no ring.

Entoloma vernum on the First Nature Web site.
Entoloma vernum on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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