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mushroom foraging guide Spectacular Rustgill

Names

Common: Spectacular Rustgill, Orange Scalehead

Latin: Gymnopilus junonius (previously Pholiota spectabilis)

Edibility

Edibility: poisonous.

Notes: This mushroom contains the psycho-active chemical psilocybin. It is also extremely bitter.

Season

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Description

Cap: size 6-15cm; colour orange/brown; shape convex at first, then flattened with a broad umbo.

Gills: yellow at first, then rusty brown as the spore mature; adnate; crowded; broad.

Stem: length 6-12cm; width 1-3cm; colour paler than the cap; swelling toward the base; membranous ring soon collapsing into a less distinct ring-zone.

Spores: rusty brown.

Flesh: pale yellow.

Habitat: found growing tufted on the stumps of deciduous trees.

Frequency: common.