A beautiful and easily recognizable mushroom with distinct cucumber-like smell.
|Common Names||Cucumber Cap (EN), Cap Cucumer (CY), Mięsichówka Ogórkowonna (PL), Hamvas Uborkagomba (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Macrocystidia cucumis|
|Season Start||All Year|
|Season End||All Year|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||2-7|
|Average Cap width (CM)||1-6|
1–6 cm across, conical to bell-shaped, becoming convex with age. It rarely opens to completely flat, but it is much more common that at least a tiny, shallow umbo remains visible. Dark cinnamon, red-brown or date brown when young, becoming dark brown, almost black with age. Hygrophanous, which means the colours are fading when the cap dries out, so the rich chestnut colour turns more ochraceous. Margin distinctly yellowish and even.
2–7 cm tall, 1–3 cm wide. Cylindrical, sometimes compressed and longitudinally striated, grooved. Paler at the top, darkening towards the base (technically concolorous with the cap or even a bit darker than that), rather velvety.
Saprotroph. Grows on leaf- or needle-litter, woodchips and/or any decomposing wood material in broadleaf or coniferous forests. Grows solitary, or more commonly in smaller troops, from late Summer to the end of the year, in woodlands, parklands, gardens, churchyards etc. with disturbed soil, which is rich in woody debris.
Spore print is pale red-brown. Spores are ellipsoid and smooth.
Taste / Smell
Smells like cucumber, that turns to somewhat more like oily fish-like smell with age. Tastes somewhat unpleasant, but not distinctive. Inedible.
Uncommon to rare, likely under recorded.