A large mushroom that grows from dead wood with a dark cap and noticeable radish-like smell.
|Common Names||Deer Shield|
|Scientific Name||Pluteus cervinus|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||5-10|
|Average Cap width (CM)||3-14|
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.
Crowded, free from the stem and fairly deep. Whitish at first turning pink, later dull to dark flesh pink.
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.
Thin, soft and juicy in cap, fibrous in stem, white.
On dead wood of hardwoods, and rarely on conifers, sometimes on wood chips and sawdust. Growing solitary
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).
Common and widespread all over the UK.
Pink. Broadly ellipsoid, smooth, thin walled.