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Deer Shield

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A large mushroom that grows from dead wood with a dark cap and noticeable radish-like smell.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Deer Shield
Scientific Name Pluteus cervinus
Synonyms Pluteus atricapillus
Season Start Apr
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 5-10
Average Cap width (CM) 3-14
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Bell-shaped at first then convex, later flattening with a broad umbo. Pale to dark brown, sepia to dark umber with radiating streaks. Viscid when moist, shiny when dry.

Gills

Crowded, free from the stem and fairly deep. Whitish at first turning pink, later dull to dark flesh pink.

Stem

Cylindrical, more or less straight, slightly swollen at the base. Whitish, greyish white, pale brownish, becoming streaked with dark brown fibres. It is easily removable from cap.

Flesh

Thin, soft and juicy in cap, fibrous in stem, white.

Habitat

On dead wood of hardwoods, and rarely on conifers, sometimes on wood chips and sawdust. Growing solitary

Possible Confusion

Blackedged shield, Pluteus atromarginatus, has darkening edged gills and it grows on conifers.

Scaly shield, Pluteus petasatus, has a much paler, whitish to creamy cap with a darker, scaly umbo.

Taste / Smell

Taste and smell like radish (raphanoid).

Frequency

Common and widespread all over the UK.

Spores

Pink. Broadly ellipsoid, smooth, thin walled.

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