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Common Rustgill

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An easy to identify family of mushrooms, the Rustgills have rusty looking gills and this one is common and can grow in large numbers on conifer debris or woodchip.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Common Rustgill
Scientific Name Gymnopolis penetrans
Synonyms Flammula penetrans, Dryophila penetrans
Season Start Aug
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 6
Average Cap width (CM) 6
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Tawny/yellow/orange to brown coloured, darker towards the middle with very fine velvet like scales or hairs. Starting convex but soon flattening with an uneven edge.

Gills

The gills start pale yellow and slightly decurrent (running down the stem) on young mushrooms but they soon change to dark tan with rust coloured spots and are adnate (the gills rise just before joining the stem).

Stem

Tan to orange and covered in fine, off white fibres running up and down the stem. Can be lighter at the top and the base is usually covered in fine white down.

Flesh

Tawny coloured, thin in the cap and hollow in the stem.

Habitat

Mainly on conifer stumps and debris but can be found with hardwoods and growing in woodchip.

Possible Confusion

The Spectacular Rustgill is similar but it usually has a scaly cap and a ring on the stem.

Spore Print

Rust brown. Almond shaped.

Frequency

Common.

Other Facts

This mushroom is classed as inedible possibly poisonous so is best avoided.

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