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.
|Common Names||Common Rustgill|
|Scientific Name||Gymnopilus penetrans|
|Synonyms||Flammula penetrans, Dryophila penetrans|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||6|
|Average Cap width (CM)||6|
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.
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).
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.
Mainly on conifer stumps and debris but can be found with hardwoods and growing in woodchip.
The Spectacular Rustgill (Gymnopilus junonius) is similar but it usually has a scaly cap and a ring on the stem.
Rust brown. Almond shaped.
This mushroom is classed as inedible possibly poisonous so is best avoided.