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Melanoleuca cognata   (Spring Cavalier)
Cap 4-10 cm diameter, stem 5-12 cm tall * 1-1.5 cm thick

Melanoleuca cognata, also known as Spring Cavalier, is a medium or large agaric, that is pale brown with an umbonate cap and white gills. It occurs often in the spring, when few other gilled mushrooms are fruiting, and grows solitary or scattered on soil and needle litter in coniferous woodlands; occasionally in litter-rich grassland, woodchip or garden compost heaps.

Cap buff to warm brown, umbonate. Flesh cream, soft and full. Gills crowded, sinuate, notched and pink to dark ocher colored. Spores cream colored. Stem rust colored with brownish fibrils, tapering slightly upwards from more or less bulbous base. The mushroom has no ring.

Melanoleuca cognata on the First NatureWeb site.
Melanoleuca cognata on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.

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