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Butter Cap

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer
Winter Winter

A very variable and common woodland mushroom, which is a shame as although edible it has a poor taste.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Butter Cap
Scientific Name Rhodocollybia butyraceae.
Synonyms Collybia butyraceae.
Season Start Jul
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 6
Average Cap width (CM) 5
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

The cap varies greatly in shape and colour as the mushroom matures. It starts convex with an umbo and can be almost black and as it matures the cap generally gets lighter from the edges but always maintaining an darkerĀ  umbo, when very mature the edges of the cap can turn upwards. The cap has a buttery or greasy feel to it.

Gills

White, sometimes off white, crowded and usually free of the stem, sometimes joined narrowly or adnexed.

Stem

The stem tapers towards the top and can be off white to cream sometimes with a red to brown base.

Flesh

Thin and mainly white.

Habitat

With leaf litter in most types of woodland.

Taste / Smell

Poor.

Frequency

Very common.

Spores

White to off white to pale pink. Ellipsoid.

Other Facts

An almost annoying mushroom to find as they are very common throughout late summer onwards and aren’t a particularly good edible.

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